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Tajh Boyd NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for New York Jets QB

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against The Citadel, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2014

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (HT: 6’0⅝”, WT: 222 lbs.)

New York Jets

Sixth Round: 213th Pick

NFL Comparison: Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

Combine Weigh-in
HeightWeightArmHand
600522230 3/4"9 5/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.841.6630.5"8'10"7.334.23
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Positives

  • Good mobility, is able to climb and escape the pocket. Buys time with his feet and is able to pick up first downs.
  • Displays patience, vision and balance as a runner.
  • Very good arm strength, is able to drive the ball outside the numbers and attack downfield.
  • Has the arm to test tight windows. He can make all of the throws.
  • Excels between the tackles and is a red-zone threat on the ground. Scored 26 rushing touchdowns, 22 of which were from 10 yards out or less.
  • Team captain with strong leadership skills.
  • Throws well on the move, when rolling to his left or right.
  • Shows the ability to generate velocity throwing from multiple platforms.
  • Throws a decent deep ball.
  • Tough player, not afraid to put his nose in the middle of the pile and will take a shot to make a throw.
  • Breaks some tackles and keeps plays alive.
  • Can elude pressure to keep plays alive, sometimes making something out of nothing.
  • Good pad level as a runner, gains yards on contact and tends to fall forward.
  • Very productive, highly decorated college career.

 

Negatives

  • Inconsistent accuracy and ball placement to every level of the field.
  • Too often late or deliberate throwing to the sideline, allowing defenders to telegraph his passes.
  • Holds on to the ball for too long and misses open receivers.
  • Makes poor decisions under pressure.
  • Questionable ability to read defenses.
  • Played in a simplified offense and was often guilty of staring down his intended target.
  • Drops his eyes against the rush, pulling the ball down early and often fleeing the pocket prematurely.
  • Lacks ideal height at a shade under 6’1” and is built more like a running back than an NFL quarterback.
  • Occasionally has passes tipped at the line of scrimmage.
  • Inconsistent footwork occasionally the source of sporadic accuracy.
  • Not an electric or dynamic runner, can move the chains but lacks the speed and agility to break off huge chunks of yardage.
  • Struggles when his first read is not available.
  • Does not recognize the blitz well.
  • Lacks anticipation, does not throw receivers open and can be late to react.
  • Makes some efforts to protect his body, but too often leaves himself susceptible to punishment in the open field.
  • Dances in the pocket a bit too much.
  • Looked very erratic in Senior Bowl practice.

 

Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamCmpAttPctYardsTDINT
2010Clemson336352.432943
2011Clemson29849959.738283312
2012Clemson28742767.238963613
2013Clemson28341368.538513411
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Personal Notes

  • Graduated December 2013 with a degree in sociology
  • Second-team All-ACC 2013
  • Permanent team co-captain 2013
  • ACC Player of the Year 2012
  • First-team All-ACC 2012
  • First-team All-ACC 2011
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll 2011
  • Redshirted 2009

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

An experienced and highly decorated three-year starter, Boyd has been a visible figure in college football since his sophomore season. His combination of mobility, toughness and arm strength helped him to lead Clemson to a record of 32-8 over the past three years. While his production was prolific at the college level, erratic accuracy and trouble reading defenses could contribute to a rocky transition at the next level. He will require some development before he is thrust on the field in the NFL and projects as a backup in the short term.

 

Draft Projection: Fifth Round

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