Kris Boyd

Texas

Prospect Info

College
Texas
Hometown
Class
TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
201 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Minnesota
Vikings
Round 7 ‧ Pick 3
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.45u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
127.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.94
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.08
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Defensive back skills run in Boyd's family. His cousin, Curtis Brown, was an All-Big 12 defensive back for Texas. Another cousin, Bobby Taylor, was a defensive back at Notre Dame and an NFL Pro Bowler. Kris' brother, Demarco, must have not gotten the memo, as he suits up as a linebacker for the Longhorns. The top-10 cornerback prospect nationally and All-State pick from Gilmer, Texas stepped in to play in all 12 games as a reserve and on special teams in 2015 (16 tackles). Boyd moved into the starting line-up for the final eight games of his sophomore season, making 51 tackles, 1.5 for loss, intercepting one pass, and breaking up five others. In his junior campaign, Boyd started 12 of 13 games and collected 57 stops, two interceptions, and a team-high 15 pass breakups. He finished his career with the Longhorns in a flourish, receiving a first-team All-Big 12 nod after starting 13 of 14 games played and posting 67 tackles, 4.5 for loss, an interception, and 16 pass breakups (which tied for sixth-most in the FBS).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
M.J. Stewart
Overview
Big, corner who plays with adequate instincts and above-average aggression in disrupting the catch and supporting the run. Boyd's game is best suited in zone coverage where defensive coordinators can limit his exposure to speed/quickness and allow him to play downhill and with his eyes forward. He will be stronger than many opponents, but also less athletic than most. A move to safety could give him a better chance to succeed as a starter.
Strengths
  • Big and strong for a cornerback
  • Plays with toughness and attitude
  • Good job with hands in bump-and-run
  • Can give receivers a rough ride over first five yards
  • Crowds and bodies up receivers downfield
  • Takes good angles to play the catch-point
  • Adequate downhill burst to close
  • Active, strong hands make contested catches difficult
  • Decent job at recognition from zone
  • Willing, physical tackler who doesn't need help
  • Strikes with heavy pads when he gets a shot
  • Will track and tackle out of his area
Weaknesses
  • Slow, clunky backpedal
  • Tightly bundled hips and lacks fluidity
  • Inconsistent lateral steps to adjust to receiver's release
  • Too easy to shake from press for quick targets
  • Labored hip flip in his transitions
  • Recovery burst below average once beaten
  • Lacks athleticism and closing burst to turn breakups into takeaways
  • Glitchy with lateral movements from off-man
  • Doesn't find football with back to it
  • Prone to pass interference penalties downfield
  • Inconsistent leverage against the run
Sources Tell Us

"In a weird way, I think he's become more mentally tough by playing against teams like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and West Virginia. He's had ups and downs but I don't think he carries the mistakes with him like he used to." -- Regional scout with AFC team
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league