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2019 NFL Draft Prospect WR Miles Boykin Notre Dame

An athletic freak who can be a steal

NCAA Football: Miami (Ohio) at Notre Dame Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Boykin WR 6’ 3 3/4” 220 lbs

Combine results: 4.42/40, 6.77/ 3 cone drill, 4.07 20 yard shuttle, 43.5” vert jump

140.0” Broad Jump and a 99.9% SPARQ score as a superior NFL athlete

Boykin has elite physical traits, better than anyone in this Draft class, which combined with his size/speed abilities makes him an amazing prospect. He is very raw as a player but is still hard to cover. He drew numerous pass interference penalties because he was so difficult to play against.

He is tall, fast, quick, and can jump over you. He would be a monster for any NFL CB to cover even as he is now. He has strong hands and has made numerous one-handed catches. He has a huge catch radius and super loose hips to get in and out of breaks smoothly. He would be great with back shoulder throws. Once he gets up to speed a CB would have to get on his horse and in no way be able to cover the back shoulder of Boykin. His sheer size makes him a box out candidate on most throws.

On this route he just basically runs by the DBs, not showing a lot of trickery.

He gets turned around enough to get himself square to the QB. When he reaches up the CB tries to jump and deflect the throw, but he is a good half foot away from the ball. If he was more schooled in receiving he would have slowed down and stacked the CB on his back, then reached up and grabbed the pass...but this worked.

This is another play that doesn’t take much route knowledge. He again just runs by the CB and catches a TD,

At the top of the screen you can see the CB is in press coverage and doesn’t even lay a finger on Boykin on his release. Once he crosses his face, the CB is burnt. The QB has a straight shot to Boykin, and as long as he can get the ball long enough it’s a TD.

This next GIF is what I was talking about earlier. The ball is late, but still this back shouler throw is deadly because of the speed of the receiver. The CB never knows the ball is coming. He can’t get his head around to see the ball.

If Boykin runs hard down the sideline, and the QB is accurate and on time with his throw as long as Boykin doesn’t stop or look back prematurely this play is unstoppable in a one on one scenario.

These next few GIFs will show you how size matters to a receiver. Remember Boykin isn’t just tall. He is like trying to tackle a moose when he is squared up, and his momentum is vertical.

He blasts through those arm tackles like they are nothing. CBs will have a difficult time tackling Boykin unless they go low and take out the legs.

The next clip is spectacular because of the catch. Again there is no CB who can cover this play because of the size of Boykin.

Here is the same play from another angle.

This play starts with 1 minute 38 seconds left in the game and Notre Dame trailing by 3 in the Citrus Bowl. Notre Dame won the game because of this play 21-17. Size matters.

The only reason that Notre Dame was even in the position to make a game changing play is because of this nice catch on a 3rd and 19 play with Notre Dame down 14 to 6.

He powered through press man coverage and held onto the ball after taking a big hit. The player #25, by the way, is Greedy Wiliams who should be a late 1st round selection in a few days. He only had 3 receptions in this game, and you saw two of them. These were enough to get him the Citrus Bowl MVP for the game.

Here is another TD on a ball that is thrown way too late. The only nuance to this route is the jab step left that backs the defender off and gives him the room and time to get outside all alone. The late throw is the only reason you see the CB even close to the play.

Boykin does a nice job of catching the ball with his hands and away from his body. He also turned to give his QB a big target to throw at.

So far you can see that Boykin has made all his plays with his physical prowess without any real skill involved. This last clip he shows you some forethought Boykin shows while running this route.

Stanford is playing a cover 2 zone. The play is designed to bring the slot receiver into the flat to occupy #13 the right corner so he doesn’t drop back on the play. The ILB #27 Sean Barton drops back into the passing lane with the safety #5 Frank Buncom playing the deep right quarter of the field. The hole in the zone is on the sideline about 20 yards downfield. It’s a rhythm throw as Boykin has to get there as the QB arcs the ball over #25 and onto Boykin. Again it’s nice to be tall. This was a big play with only about a minute left in the half.

There you have it. Boykin has all kinds of physical talent, but he has not to this point developed into a efficient, skilled receiver; and you have to wonder why not?

He only played in 26 college games, starting in only half of them. He has no idea how to read a defense, work a CB or even basic nuances of route running yet he still caught 59 ball and had 8 TDs; all with very poor QB play. He makes contested catches, receptions where he gets hit soundly and still holds onto the ball. He would be a red zone target right away for any team, and if he can develop you have a game breaker.

So what do you think?

And as always GO JETS