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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that Pitt WR Tyler Boyd is "an NFL-ready route runner."

Brandt likes Boyd as a prospect who should be receiving a little more love in the draft conversation, due in part to the fact that he has "really good size" at 6-foot-1, 197 pounds. Brandt colleague Lance Zierlein sees Boyd as the most underrated receiver in this class. The Pitt star isn't a burner, but his strong hands and crisp routes should allow him an opportunity to carve out a role as a slot receiver in the NFL. He could be drafted as high as the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 2:11 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that Pitt WR Tyler Boyd is the most underrated receiver in this class.

"Is Boyd even in this draft? I never hear anyone talk about him, and he should be getting more attention," Zierlein wrote. He later added that the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder's "strong hands and ability to win the downfield 50-50 balls will help the team that takes him." We like aspects of his game, too -- those mitts are particularly appealing -- but his lack of overt athleticism could scuttle him on some draft boards.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 4:51 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks called Pitt WR Tyler Boyd an "intriguing playmaker."

Brooks sees a nice fit between Boyd and the 49ers at pick No. 37. "He might be a little undervalued due to his measurables," the analyst said on the Move the Sticks podcast, "but he has all the stuff that you look for in a receiver who can be a No. 2 target at first and maybe develop into an anchor in the passing game eventually." Though he isn't an explosive athlete ala Corey Coleman or Josh Doctson and lacks the deep speed of Will Fuller (4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash for Fuller, just 4.60 for Boyd), the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder has one of the best pair of hands in the receiving pool. He projects as a slot receiver in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 3:01 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted that Pitt WR Tyler Boyd fielded punts in addition to working through wide receiver drills during his Pro Day on March 16.

Brandt wrote that Boyd "did a really good job [of catching punts]" during Pro Day. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound wideout also reportedly hauled in everything thrown his way during his more traditional wideout drills. Among the teams who took meetings with Boyd in the vicinity of that Pro Day, the Rams, Chargers and 49ers. He has also been put through an individual workout by the Panthers as he crosses his fingers for a second-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 3:39 PM

The Panthers are working out Pitt WR Tyler Boyd and Cincinnati WRs Chris Moore and Johnny Holton on Thursday, according to Tony Pauline.

The Panthers have added receivers early on in each of the last two drafted (Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess), but they might not be done. Boyd projects best to the slot, and Moore is a role playing vertical threat. Of the group, Boyd will be drafted the earliest, likely on the second day.
Mar 17 - 10:29 AM

Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd met with the Jacksonville Jaguars, L.A. Rams, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers over the past few days.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Boyd ran the forty between the mid-4.4s and the low 4.5s at Wednesday's pro day. "He looked terrific in position drills, as was to be expected," Pauline wrote. "As someone told me, 'He caught everything that touched his hands.'" No surprise there. Boyd dropped only five catchable balls on 99 opportunities last year.
Mar 16 - 7:21 PM

Pro Football Focus only ranks Pitt WR Tyler Boyd as the No. 11 receiver in the class.

Boyd's 40 time of 4.58 at the Combine depressed his draft stock quickly. He's now universally regarded as a second-rounder, an opinion shared by PFF, which pointed out that he dropped only five balls on 99 catchable passes last year. "If there’s an issue, it’s that he forced just six missed tackles on 94 receptions in 2015, but he should find a role in the NFL if he can maintain such a low drop rate," wrote Gordon McGuiness. To be fair, early reports out of Pitt indicate that Boyd ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.5 seconds at his Wednesday pro day. We'll update you on an exact number once we can verify one.
Mar 16 - 12:28 PM

Pittsburgh junior RB James Conner (Hodgkins lymphoma) participated in the team's first spring practice on Tuesday.

It's impossible not to be impressed by Conner's resilience (unless your heart is made of stone). He had just completed his eighth round of chemotherapy on Monday, but that didn't stop him from taking part in Pitt's first practice of 2016. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound junior went through calisthenics and handoff drills on Tuesday. His oncologist, Dr. Stanley Marks, is of the opinion that he'll be able to play in the coming season. During a healthy 2014 campaign, Conner rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Mar 15 - 1:30 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Pitt WR Tyler Boyd as the No. 59 prospect in the class.

"Was at his best in 2015 in the slot, using his limited athleticism in that area to create separation thanks to detail and a willingness to make contested catches or grabs in tight spaces," Norris wrote. "That is where he projects best." The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder logged a receiving line of 91-926-6 last year and a 78-1,261-8 line in 2014 (his YPC dropped from 16.2 to just 10.2 in 2015). Pitt's pro day is on Wednesday.
Source: Rotoworld
Mar 14 - 8:49 PM

Pitt redshirt junior DE Reggie Green will transfer.

No word as to where Green might choose to wander, but he's no longer listed on the Pittsburgh roster. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder redshirted in 2013 before suffering a foot fracture against Delaware in the 2014 season-opener. He did not accumulate any statistical production of note during his time with the Panthers.
Mar 14 - 2:27 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that Pitt WR Tyler Boyd's draft stock is "trending down and [he] needs a huge pro day performance."

Farrell's expectations were dashed when Boyd ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. The recruiting guru had expected something under 4.50 seconds. He also voiced concern over the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder's drop in production last season. In 2015, Boyd logged a receiving line of 91-926-6. That, compared to his 2014 line of 78-1261-8. The obvious divergence between the two comes in his yard per catch average. He might have caught 13 more passes for the 2015 campaign, but his YPC dropped from 16.2 to just 10.2. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline noted during the combine that he "put on a clinic catching the ball." That sounds about right, but his lack of overt athleticism could ding him. He'll have one more chance to impress NFL teams come Pitt's pro day on March 16.
Source: rivals.com
Mar 11 - 10:17 PM

Pitt WR Tyler Boyd had a 90-percent similarity score with Bowling Green WR Roger Lewis based on Combine athletic testing.

Boyd and Lewis tested very similarly in Indianapolis and both logged similar event numbers to those of Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins. All three fall into the range of the "strong route-runner, questionable explositivty" wideout, with Boyd likely to be drafted highest in that trio. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has compared the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Pitt product to the Chargers' Keenan Allen due to a deficit in speed made up for with the ability to make strong catches and find the open holes in the defense. While one scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has Boyd pegged as a potential first-round selection, it's more likely that he'll be drafted somewhere in the second round.
Mar 8 - 10:24 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel noted that Pitt WR Tyler Boyd "has a chance to be in the latter part of the first [round]."

The scout's keen on Boyd's "smooth" catching ability, praising his "good hands" and calling the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder a "good route-runner." No argument on any of those points, but it's difficult to see Boyd as a first-rounder given the wideouts in this class who offer a more explosive set of skills. Even Ohio State WR Braxton Miller--who isn't close to Boyd in terms of technical ability at this point--could offer a more palatable option for an NFL team that's looking for upside. NFL Media's Chad Reuter projected the former Pitt star to the Rams at pick No. 45 (second round) in a mid-February mock draft and that feels like a more realistic range.
Mar 3 - 2:58 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Pitt WR Tyler Boyd "put on a clinic catching the ball" at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Boyd's combine showing nicely demonstrated the dichotomy in his game. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds--less than inspiring there--then proceeded to kill it during the catching drills. Wrote Pauline, "He was smooth, balanced and played with great efficiency. Boyd easily hauled in several over-the-shoulder receptions down the field and showed soft, supple hands." We don't have inside knowledge as to the "supple" nature of the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder's mitts, but he's always been known as a strong catching prospect. To wit, he dropped just 10 balls on his 252 targets these past two seasons. In a mid-February four-round mock draft, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter pegged Boyd to the offense-challenged Rams at pick No. 45 in the second round.
Feb 27 - 8:39 PM

Pittsburgh freshman safety Jordan Whitehead said that junior RB James Conner's fight against Hodgkin lymphoma is "amazing."

White said that "it's unbelievable to me, just having [Conner] work out every day even though he's going through what he's going through," adding "I already know he's going to be healthy and how he's feeling for this season coming up." The 6-foot-2, 250-pound rock of a back has vowed to return ready for the opening week of the season against Villanova. Or as HC Pat Narduzzi put it, "He’s going to be 1-0 before we get to Villanova." While all parties are optimistic here, we won't have a true idea of the kind of workload Conner will be handling in the early going until the season's closer. On top of his cancer treatments, he's also had to recover from a torn MCL suffered the first week of the 2015 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 1:14 PM


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