Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (HT: 6’0⅝”, WT: 222 lbs.)
Sixth Round: 213th Pick
NFL Comparison: Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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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