Also played basketball as a Georgia prep. Redshirted in 2010. Started 7 of 13 games in 2011 and caught 31 balls for 473 yards (15.3-yard average) and eight touchdowns. Started all 13 games opposite Jordan Matthews in 2012, recording 50 catches for 774 yards (15.5) and five TDs. Did not play in 2013 -- he was dismissed from the team in September after he entered a conditional guilty plea for his role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student (four other Vanderbilt players were charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery charges). According to an account by the Deputy Attorney General, Boyd was sent a picture of the aggravated rape, which he deleted. Additionally, Boyd was said to have abandoned the unconscious victim. He ultimately received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence for misdemeanor criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact, and will have his record cleared if he completes unsupervised probation. Did not participate fully in the combine because of a quad injury suffered running the 40, but continued to participate in most of skill drills.
Excellent frame. Chews up ground with long strides. Controls his body and uses size to his advantage. Good hands -- extends to catch off his body. Adjusts to throws. Good potential as a blocker -- can engage and stalk. Good work ethic.
Average burst off the line. Lacks elite top-end speed to separate vertically. Not strong to beat the jam. Shows some hip stiffness and is fairly straight-linish. Has to be hit in stride to pick up chunk yards after the catch.
Priority free agent
Tall, slender, short-to-intermediate possession receiver who could compete for a job as a No. 4 or No. 5 in a West Coast offense. After having sat the year out, Boyd's combine performance was unspectacular, but he produced an improved showing at D1 Sports in Franklin following Vanderbilt's pro day, running the 40 in the low 4.6's and catching the ball cleanly. Could warrant late-round consideration and contend for a roster spot, but off-field issue probably will leave him undrafted.