The Clemson Tigers stepped into the Georgia Dome against LSU looking for a big win over the SEC and their first bowl win since 2009. Tajh Boyd helped lift the Tigers into the winners circle with a huge performance, and he may have stepped into Top 10 NFL draft pick status.
Boyd was constantly pressured by the Tigers defense, mounting 29 runs for the Clemson offense. He also went 35-of-49 for 339 yards and two touchdowns against the No. 20 pass defense in the country.
LSU was the No. 7 total defense in the country before the New Year’s Eve loss. It was an impressive day for Boyd and may be an impressive finish to a solid career for Clemson.
It was an epic comeback win for Clemson and Boyd pushing his draft stock higher than ever before.
There is not a lot of talent that is heading to the NFL in this year’s draft class so Boyd already has a leg up against the competition. The other leaders for the draft at quarterback—Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib—struggled in their games or didn’t play due to injury.
Tajh Boyd was able to take on one of the best defenses in the country and look like a stud.
His 339 passing yards were the most for any team against the Bayou Bengals this fall. With a bowl win now under his belt, there isn’t much left for Boyd to prove.
Clemson will be on top of the ACC heading into the 2013 season so that could be a draw, but turning down first round money for another season may not be the best decision. This is Boyd's year after that finish.
Clemson OC Chad Morris knows Boyd has first round talent. Before the game he had this to say:
I definitely think he’s a first-round guy. I don’t know if it’s this year. I think it will be next year.
Boyd has yet to declare, but nothing is holding him back now. His career at Clemson can get no better, and this is a perfect class to exit in. Boyd should be among the first names called on draft day if he declares.