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Tyler Boyd | Wide Receiver

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/15/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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Pitt junior WR Tyler Boyd's 2014 season is one of the more impressive we have seen from WR prospects in recent years, according to Jon Moore of Rotoviz.
Boyd was "the single most-heavily targeted receiver in college football" during the 2014 season and still managed over 10 yards per target that season. At the age of 20. Both figures surpass Amari Cooper's ridiculous campaign during the same season. Boyd then accounted for 30 percent of Pitt's total offensive yards in 2015, despite just receiving 16 percent of the touches. As Moore puts it, the defense knew Boyd was going to be the target but could not stop him. Boyd's game looked even better in 2015 when he moved into the slot. Feb 1 - 10:47 AM
Source: Rotoviz

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Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd has declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Boyd got creative with his farewell to Pittsburgh, composing a poetic letter covering his feelings about football. Among some of the lines of note, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior said, "I will carry you with me/I will continue to make you proud &/I promise to never forget where I came from." The poetic corner of Rotoworld approves of his line break after "&." He finishes his Pitt career having totaled 254 catches, 3,361 yards and 21 touchdowns. The strong-handed receiver's a route-running savant and could find success in the NFL out of the slot. Boyd could be drafted as early as the second round, though it's possible he falls to the third or fourth.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 1 - 7:46 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sam Werner reports that Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

As late as December 29, Boyd was indicating that he wasn't sure whether he would declare. It appears he's made up his mind, as multiple reports now have him entering the draft. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior caught 91 passes for 925 yards and six scores this past season. He's viewed as a possible second-to-fourth-round selection in this spring's draft. At the next level, he has the potential to evolve into a nice slot receiving option.
Jan 1 - 7:13 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd told media member he is still undecided regarding his upcoming NFL decision.

"It’s real tough for me," Boyd said. "Like I said, all these guys here playing with me are pretty much my family." Boyd is at his best in the slot, and his success took a step forward this season (after opening the year on suspension) when moved inside. Slot receivers can be important pieces in certain NFL offenses, but look for Boyd to draw a second to fourth round selection if he does declaring, barring ridiculous measurables.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd caught six passes for 53 yards and carried the ball five times for 55 yards in a 44-28 loss to Navy in the Military Bowl on Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior finishes what may be his final collegiate season with 91 catches for 925 yards and six touchdowns (along with 349 rushing yards). Boyd filed paperwork with the NFL draft advisory committee earlier this month. He may never turn into the stud No. 1 NFL receiver many were hoping for, but Boyd should at least be one of the NFL's best slot receivers. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler sees Boyd in a "Jarvis Landry-type role in the NFL."
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 06:34:00 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd filed paperwork with the NFL draft advisory committee.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior led the ACC this year with 7.7 receptions and 79.4 receiving yards per game, logging 85 catches for 873 yards and six touchdowns in total during Pitt's 8-4 regular season. You may have noted the subpar 10.3 YPC average, down from 13.8 as a freshman and 16.2 as a sophomore. It's true that he's no Corey Coleman in the explosion department, but you can chalk the downturn up to defenses keying in on him when James Conner went down.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 04:09:00 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd was named to the All-ACC first team.

This is Boyd's second consecutive year being named to the conference first team. He did it thanks to a stellar receiving campaign which saw him haul in 85 passes for 873 yards and six touchdowns in helping the Panthers to an 8-4 record. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior led the ACC in receptions per game (7.7) and receiving yards per game (79.4). Interesting stat of note: While he caught a ton of passes, Boyd averaged 10.3 yards per reception, the worst mark of his three-year collegiate career. He averaged 13.8 YPC as a freshman and 16.2 YPC as a sophomore.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd caught five passes for 70 yards and carried the ball three times for 47 yards in the school's 29-24 loss to Miami.

Boyd's longest carry went for 30 yards and he also had a long reception of 36 yards, both could be considered big plays. Boyd has been doing his best work from the slot, making difficult catches in tight coverage or sitting in areas against zone. After the catch he is a no nonsense, straight-line type.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 03:39:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd has "strong hands" and runs "decisive routes."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior has been very productive from the slot for the Panthers, catching close to 80 percent of his targets from inside. Brugler notes that he would like see Boyd in a "Jarvis Landry-type role in the NFL."
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 02:21:00 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd caught 11 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-34 win over Louisville.

Boyd caught a 35-yard touchdown in the second quarter on a nice falling catch between two defenders. That was his longest catch of the game. The rest of his day's work was of the short-to-medium variety, as Boyd averaged 9.4 yards per reception. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior's logged six games with double-digit catches through 10 games played. For the season, he's hauled in 80 passes for 803 yards and six touchdowns. Despite the impressive catch number, Boyd has just two games with more than 100 yards receiving.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 08:15:00 PM

Pitt junior WR Tyler Boyd caught three passes for 38 yards and added another 79 rushing yards on eight carries in the school's 31-13 win over Duke.

Boyd was the school's second leading rusher and second leading receiver on the day. The junior is at his best in the slot as a receiver, catching a very large percentage of his targets (near 80%). It is always important to get the ball to your best players, and Pitt is doing their best to manufacture touches for Boyd.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 03:16:00 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd caught three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in the school's 41-30 loss to Notre Dame.

In the game, Boyd became the school's all time receiving yards leader after passing Antonio Bryant. Boyd still has a few games remaining in just his third season with the Panthers. We don;t think Boyd belongs among the potential round one receiver prospects, but he will make a living as a very solid slot receiver in the NFL, winning on crossing routes in the short and intermediate levels.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:47:00 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd recorded 10 catches for 89 yards in Thursday's 26-19 loss to UNC.

Alas, Boyd can't single-handedly beat teams every week. Without another viable offensive weapon, the Panthers simply force the ball into Boyd's hands. While we agree it's their best option, Pitt won't be able to beat good teams unless a second play-maker magically appears (and it might, if the James Conner rehab continues to best estimates).
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 10:48:00 PM

Thirteen NFL teams are attending Thursday's UNC-Pittsburgh tilt.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets will be on hand in the Steel City. North Carolina offers evaluators OL Landon Turner, WR Quinshad Davis and OL Caleb Peterson. Pittsburgh players worth watching include WR Tyler Boyd, CB Lafayette Pitts and ILB Matt Galambos.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 08:42:00 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd has a big matchup on Thursday night with UNC sophomore CB M.J. Stewart.

Boyd (+11.0 overall grade from PFF this year), coming off a career-high 12 catches against Syracuse last week, is a one-man show on offense for the Panthers and a potential first-rounder. "Two of his best traits are his body control and route-running knowledge," wrote Luke Mueller. "He has above-average speed and quickness for a player his size and can make contested catches look routine." The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Stewart ranks No. 2 in opposing QB rating (12.7) when targeted this year. "Boyd usually relies on speed and quickness to beat press coverage and if Stewart can jam him at the line of scrimmage, he can throw off the timing of the route," Mueller wrote. "Stewart has shown the ability to be a playmaker with five passes defensed to go along with his three interceptions. If he can maintain these top-notch ball skills, he can prevent Boyd from having a major impact." Don't bet on it.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 06:40:00 PM