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Boykin was a four-star recruit from the Chicago area who kept a low profile at Notre Dame for most of his first three seasons. He redshirted in 2015, caught six passes in 2016 and hadn't yet started a game as Notre Dame headed into a Citrus Bowl meeting against LSU. He announced his presence in Orlando with a one-handed grab and tackle-breaking 55-yard touchdown reception in the final minutes to give the Irish a 21-17 victory.
With Equanimeous St. Brown going to the NFL after that season, Boykin became the top target in an improved Notre Dame passing attack in 2018, helping the Irish reach the College Football Playoff. He led the squad with 59 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns last season, presenting mismatch problems for most defenses.
He had a year of eligibility left with the Irish but decided to turn pro.
Few played helped themselves more than Boykin did at the combine, when he paired a 4.42-second 40 with a 43.5-inch vertical jump in a 6-foot-4, 220-pound package. Somebody that size also shouldn't post the best time (6.77 seconds) among receivers in the 3-cone drill. Speed, size, agility ... physically, there shouldn't be anything he can't do at wideout.
What's holding him back from a higher draft projection?
Boykin originally received a tepid response after declaring for the draft. He had posted only one good season at Notre Dame, was inconsistent at times even during his standout 2018 season and didn't always use his size in physical battles with cornerbacks.
The 4.42 speed didn't show up on tape, he let cornerbacks recover because he rounded off routes and he failed to show much wiggle running with the ball after making the catch. Notre Dame's passing game wasn't exactly NFL-sophisticated, either.
There's so much to work with here, though, and he can be coached-up in many of those areas.
Projection: Fourth/Fifth Round
--Field Level Media
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