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With 50 career games played (including 32 starts), few cornerbacks will enter the 2019 NFL Draft with more experience than Boyd, which suggests he may be more prepared to make an immediate impact than most.
He signed with Texas as a highly regarded prep and emerged as a starter as a sophomore, generating 51 tackles and intercepting the first pass of his career with five passes broken up. Boyd doubled up his interceptions as a junior (amid 15 passes defensed) and recorded another 57 stops before earning All-Big-12 honors in 2018 with personal bests in PBUs (16), tackles (67) and tackles for loss (4.5), earning an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
Boyd's physical nature and quickness in closing on underneath routes suggest that he would fit best in a zone-heavy scheme in the NFL.
Possesses a compact, athletic frame with good overall musculature. Light feet, which help him accelerate quickly and provide him an extra split-second before opening his hips to anticipate the direction his receiver is going at the stem. Highly aggressive in his route anticipation, gambling on underneath routes often.
Best attribute might be Boyd's tenacity. Does not give up on the play even when the receiver latches onto the ball, snaking his hands between those of the receiver and showing terrific strength to rip the ball free at the last possible moment.
Aggression extends in the running game, where Boyd shows above average competitiveness and toughness in fighting through blocks to get involved. Physical hitter who will leave his feet to deliver a strike, forcing three fumbles in his first two seasons at Texas.
Athletic bloodlines. Cousins to two former NFL defensive backs, Bobby Taylor (10 seasons in NFL with Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks) and Curtis Brown (three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers).
Boyd does possess some stiffness in his hips, which slow his transition and leave him vulnerable to double-moves. Below average hands for the interception, recording just three among 35 career passes defensed.
Projection: Third Round
--Field Level Media
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