Boulware was the heart and soul of Clemson's national championship defense. His first love was motocross, though; he was home-schooled until the third grade so he could compete, but a broken arm suffered during a race ended that career. He was also a very good baseball player in high school (like his brother, Garrett, who was a 2014 draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds) -- but football turned out to be his best sport. The top 100 national recruit played in 11 games as a reserve and special teams demon in 2013 (25 tackles, 1.5 for loss). Boulware played a larger role on defense in 2013, starting twice and making 58 tackles, five for loss, and intercepting a pass against Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl which he returned 47 yards for a touchdown. He finished his career with two first-team All-ACC efforts, starring as a junior (82 tackles, eight TFL, two INT, seven pass breakups) and senior (team-high 116 tackles, 11.5 TFL, four sacks).
Team captain. Brings leadership and confidence to the unit. Compact and physical. Plays with good balance through contact. Stands in to take on linemen to leverage his run gap. Knows how to utilize hands to keep himself clean. Plays with wide base and choppy, controlled shuffle in his scrape. Tough guy. Good football instincts against the pass. Aware of receivers locations and reads quarterback's intentions. Credited with 14 passes defensed in his career. Shows ability to make big plays; forced six fumbles and had seven sacks as two-year starter. Competent, productive special teams cover guy his first two seasons at Clemson.
Plays with some stiffness and lacks desired burst to the ball. Can be feast or famine with downhill gap shots against run. Has short arms and can be engulfed by size. Eyes will see it, but responsive twitch can be a step slow. Occasionally loses track of ball carrier in mass of bodies in front of him. Has average lateral quickness and can be a little slow to mirror running back from gap to gap. Heavy feet in change of direction. Doesn't gain depth quickly in his drops after early bite on play fakes.
Tough and highly competitive. Has the attitude and swagger for the position but lacks the desired size and quickness. Margin for error might be too small to become a starter in the league, but his potential on special teams could be a way to open the door to an NFL career.