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Scouting Report: Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd was a consistent three-year starter for the Pittsburgh Panthers while working with three different quarterbacks since his true freshman season in 2013. Boyd set a new ACC freshman record with 85 catches for 1,174 yards, breaking Larry Fitzgerald’s record. Since then he has accounted for a career total of 3,361 yards receiving, 520 yards rushing and over 1,360 return yards on kickoffs and punt returns. Boyd is not the biggest or fastest in this class of pass catcher but he does a lot of the little things extremely well.

Tyler Boyd | Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh

Measurements

Height: 6’2
Weight: 200 lbs
Age: 21

At First Glance

First Team All-ACC and numerous ACC Receiver of the Week and Specialist of the Week honors. Football Writers All-American.

Pros

Consistency. Shows outstanding hands, technique and focus rarely dropping passes.

Good flexibility and hand/eye coordination to contort his body to make acrobatic catches on off-target throws.

Attacks the football in the air with ability to high point in jump ball situations.

Enough speed to be a vertical threat.

Gets up field quickly with decisive cuts and good vision as a runner after the catch.

Quick footwork to avoid jams against press corners.

Smooth, gliding strides and shows fluidity in and out of breaks.

Can line up all over the field and run a full route tree.

Will work the middle of the field and shows reliability in making the catch while taking a hit.

Finishes routes strong and will work back to the quarterback.

Great awareness to make the tough catch along the sidelines.

Cons

Lean frame with a thin torso. May lack the size and strength to box out bigger corners at the next level.

Not a burner. Long speed is a question.

More smooth and decisive than twitchy or explosive.

Not an ideal blocker.

DUI in June 2015.

NFL Player Comparison:

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
Agholor has more twitch and Boyd is more detailed but both are exquisite hands catcher with quick eyes and decisiveness as playmakers after the catch. I’ve also seen the comparison to Larry Fitzgerald and Keenan Allen.

The Vikings Slant

With Stefon Diggs, Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright on the roster, the Vikings have plenty of speed at the receiver position. The trouble is Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t have enough time in the pocket to work vertical routes consistently, nor does he appear to have the quick-strike go-to possession wideout needed. Boyd fills that need.

Boyd accounted for 46% of Pittsburgh’s aerial offensive and most of those were shorter routes. Boyd’s superb body control and great hands allow him to consistently make catches outside of his frame. His great vision and balance after the catch help him pick up valuable yardage even though he is not an exceptionally elusive or powerful runner. Boyd flashes quickness off the line of scrimmage with natural route running ability, and can create separation with nifty body fakes and fluidity selling routes. His proven ability to be a consitant go-to target make him a great fit in Minnesota.

 

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  1. I think Tyler Boyd is the most consistent & Polish WR coming out of this years WR draft class. And he seems quicker & faster than Michael Thomas & Josh Doctson. And there’s no doubt that his route running & separation is better than Michael Thomas & Josh Doctson. And he might still be available in the 2nd round when we are on the clock. Cause most draft sites have him there and they have Laquon Treadwell, Michael Thomas, Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, and Sterling Shepard ahead of Tyler Boyd. And we all know that consistency is the name of the game! In any sports!! So I won’t mind at all if we get him!! Or you guys prefer some WR like Cordarrelle Patterson!! Come to think of it I read somewhere a fan said they wanted Braxton Miller, who is on the rise and looked good at the Senior Bowl!! To be our 1st round pick! LOL…!! Well, all I have to say is how long has Braxton Miller has been in that position? And you cannot judge by just a showing that he had a good day at the office or just 1 good year under his belt It has to be at least 2 full good years to know that!! But really.. it has to be 3 to 4 years to know that!! Experience does count!! Just like I have 1 year of golf and I have potential, but can I beat a Golf player who has 4 or 5 years of experience..? No.. way.. Jose..!! So forget about Braxton Miller as a 1st RD. Even if is a 2nd or 3rd! Maybe in the 4th for Braxton Miller! But experience & consistency with good hands and good route running is the way to go!! With Tyler Boyd, he’s got some quick, fast, sure hands, good route running, get separation, consistency, Good flexibility and a 3 year starter with experience in the position. So he’s got my VOTE!!!!

    1. I’d love the Vikings to draft their first Polish wr since Waclaw “The Claw” Winogrodski!

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