Tyler Boyd, WR/PR/KR, Pittsburgh – 2016


Declared early for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Postseason events: NFL Combine.

Positives: Above-average height and adequate bulk for the position. Above-average hand size. Runs with above-average game speed and quickness. Runs above-average routes, and is quick and clean in his breaks. Gets good separation on hitch routes. Above-average open-field vision on punt returns. Generally very good, natural hands and can extend well. Catches with hands consistently without double clutching. Good effort on off-target passes, and will lay out for the catch. Excellent concentration on difficult catches, even when being heavily interfered with. Pretty good concentration and can come down with passes even after he slips in his routes. Looked smooth on sideline drill at the Combine. Tracks passes pretty well over his inside shoulder. Runs like a running back after the catch, with good balance after contact, and can contort his body to keep moving. Very nimble on the sidelines. Seems pretty strong and isn’t easy to bring down one-on-one. Very patient on kick returns. Is able to improvise when outside runs are defended. Willing to lower his shoulder at the end of runs instead of ducking out of bounds. Lines up all over the field in 2015 bowl game – even as a running back. Seems to be very aware of where the first down marker is, and will stretch out while being tackled. Fields punts fearlessly in traffic – sometimes too fearlessly. Gets upfield quickly on kick and punt returns. Seems decisive on returns. Tough – dislocated finger on left hand in September 2014 but missed no time. Adequate track speed and lower-body explosiveness in Combine testing.

Negatives: Below-average vertical leap. Below-average upper-body strength. Arrested for DUI in June 2015 and suspended from first game. Will sometimes runs backwards after fielding punts.

Projection: Round 2. Personally, I would give him a high Round 1 grade.

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