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Tajh Boyd | Quarterback

Team: Clemson Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230

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Jets selected Clemson QB Tajh Boyd with the No. 213 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Boyd (6-foot 3/4, 222) was viewed as a potential top-ten pick as recently as the 2013 offseason, but his flaws were exposed as NFL evaluators began to study Boyd closely on film. His playmaking ability, athleticism, arm strength, and ability to deliver from various arm angles are obvious. Boyd's ball placement is startlingly inconsistent, however, and his mechanics will have to be re-taught from scratch. We'd post Boyd's college stats here, but they're virtually irrelevant after being surrounded by Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant, and Dwayne Allen. He's a big project whose accuracy flaws may never be fixed. He'll compete with Matt Simms for third-string duties as a rookie, behind Geno Smith and Michael Vick. May 10 - 5:25 PM

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Clemson QB Tajh Boyd said he's been told he'll go on Day 2.

"Everything I'm hearing is pretty good right now. I'm hearing no later than the third (round), so hopefully it plays out that way," Boyd said. Apparently the Tigers' QB has been getting honey dripped in his ear by AJ McCarron's source. More probably, each was told an absolute best-case scenario, chose to interpret that as reality, and decided to broadcast it publicly as such. We can laugh from a distance, but really, this isn't inoculated diva talk -- this is just the way college-aged males behave. Boyd (6-foot 3/4, 221 pounds) is going in Day 3, whether he likes it or not.
May 2 - 7:09 PM

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd met with the Jets on Thursday.

The Jets signed Michael Vick to compete with 2013 second-rounder Geno Smith, but adding a developmental prospect on Day 3 makes a ton of sense. Boyd is an intriguing candidate. His size (6-foot 3/4, 221 pounds) is a concern, as is his fluctuating accuracy, but the Tigers' star set an ACC career record with 107 TD passes on the strength of a solid arm and good scrambling ability.
Apr 24 - 10:22 PM

"There's a lot of excitement over" Clemson QB Tajh Boyd right now, writes NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Boyd (6-foot 3/4, 221 pounds) looked spectacular at his pro day exhibition, leading to a renewed interest in his gifts. "I'm not sure he's put himself in the second day, but definitely in the third day, and he could go as high as the fourth round," wrote Brandt. Boyd worked with QB coach Ken Mastrole and NFL great Dan Marino this offseason in an attempt to adopt a more pro-style passing motion.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:59 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner is "intrigued" by Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Boyd can be had in the fifth-round range, so we wonder if the Vikings would wait that long to snag a quarterback. They could double dip at the position, something that the Redskins have done in recent years, but teams will not go into the draft with Boyd as their top option.
Mar 26 - 2:59 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has a chance to be a second day pick, after a "very strong pro day."

"He’s fallen off a little bit in the last few months, but he had a very strong pro day, looking good moving around and completing the ball. I think he improved his draft position and has a good chance to be a second-day pick," Brandt wrote. Boyd has been working with quarterback coach Ken Mastrole and NFL great Dan Marino. With the help of the Mastrole Passing Academy, Boyd has recently adopted more of a pro-style passing motion. Some evaluators believe Boyd is a third day selection, so it's quite interesting to see Brandt thinks differently.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 9:56 PM

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd ran unofficial forty times of 4.75 and 4.84 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Due to gaudy collegiate rushing totals and comparisons to stud rushing QBs like Steve McNair and Troy Smith, some may have assumed that Boyd would run faster, but a large part of his effectiveness on the ground against collegiate defenses came from his impressive blend of size, power and agility. Some team will take a chance on Boyd as a backup on the draft's third day, but not before.
Feb 23 - 6:28 PM

The Charlotte Observer opined that Clemson's Tajh Boyd could be a mid- to late-round target of the Panthers.

"Panthers scouts envisioned Russell Wilson in a mini-Cam role two years ago, but didn't want to invest a mid-round pick on him," wrote the Observer's Joe Person, who then extrapolated a possible interest in Boyd. While those players may have similar physical attributes, Wilson would find Boyd's mechanics and consistency more unwatchable than "Vampire Academy." Some team will take the chance on the draft's third day, but not before.
Feb 16 - 2:36 PM

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw further than San Jose State QB David Fales and Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas at the Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge on Tuesday.

Boyd fell to Foles in the overall competition, but his 64-yard heave easily dispatched both Thomas (57 yards) and Fales (56). Thomas may have been hindered by a balky leg that had him limping during the competition, a result of having been sacked five times in Saturday's Senior Bowl. His throw came from the standing position, without the benefit of a head start.
Jan 29 - 7:48 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Clemson QB Tajh Boyd could lock himself into the second round with a good performance at the Senior Bowl.

"One thing that I struggle with is when he needs to shuffle, reset his feet, when he gets pushed off his mark, decision making and accuracy takes a tumble," Jeremiah said on Tuesday. Jeremiah, who questions Boyd's consistency and accuracy, praised the Tigers' QB's running ability, calling him a "mini Steve McNair [near the goal line]." NFL Network's Mike Mayock said Boyd "has to work hard to get into the second round" and compared him to former Ohio State QB Troy Smith. "I was in Baltimore when we drafted Troy Smith," Jeremiah said. "I think (Boyd) is a little more accurate than Troy was. Troy, even when things were clean at times, could get erratic. When you see Tajh Boyd with time, and he can be in rhythm, he can sling it."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 12:29 PM

A Packers scout called Clemson QB Tajh Boyd "not draftable" due to his performance during Senior Bowl practices.

Ouch. It's a harsh indictment, but it won't move the needle on Boyd's draft stock much. Boyd is a polarizing prospect because he possesses elite attributes (displays spectacular pocket movement to find throwing lanes, releases from multiple platforms, has good arm talent and athleticism) and noticeable weaknesses (subpar accuracy, sub-optimal size, and inconsistent decision-making). He's still a second-round possibility.
Jan 22 - 11:13 AM

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd measured in at 6 feet and 3/4ths of an inch and 222 pounds for Senior Bowl week.

Boyd also had a hand size of 9 and 3/8ths of an inch. Boyd will practice alongside Stephen Morris and Logan Thomas, so we expect him to look the best out of the group. Boyd's height is not an issue, since he displays pocket movement to find throwing lanes and releases from multiple platforms.
Jan 20 - 12:02 PM

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd completed 31 of 40 attempts for 378 passing yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in a 40-35 victory against Ohio State in Friday's Orange Bowl.

He also gashed OSU on the ground, running for 127 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Boyd finished the season by throwing for three or more touchdowns in four of five games. Despite a stellar performance in an upset win, the polarizing prospect drew heat from analysts during the contest after throwing a pair of interceptions. "At this point, it would be a surprise if Boyd cracks the top-32 picks," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted during the game, "and it wouldn't surprise me if he's not drafted in the top-75 either." He added in another tweet: "Over the summer, I thought Boyd could be a 1st rounder but in my opinion he showed almost no improvement from 2012, especially with accuracy."
Jan 4 - 12:31 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Clemson's Tajh Boyd as the No. 10 senior QB in the 2014 class.

Derek Carr of Fresno State, AJ McCarron of Alabama, Zach Mettenberger of LSU, Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Aaron Murray of Georgia, Stephen Morris of Miami (FL), David Fales of San Jose State, Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech and Tom Savage of Pittsburgh all rank over Boyd. We wonder if the ranking will change after Boyd competes in the Senior Bowl.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 11:07:00 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah noted that Clemson QB Tajh Boyd's stock fell further on Saturday against South Carolina.

Boyd failed to throw a touchdown pass in the 31-17 loss at South Carolina. More troubling, he turned the ball over three times, including two interceptions and a fumble. Boyd finishes his career 0-4 record against the archrival Gamecocks, including 0-3 as a starter. "He was under pressure throughout the game, but he could've avoided a few sacks with better pocket movement/awareness," Jeremiah wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 09:46:00 PM