Tajh Boyd Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Clemson QB

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Tajh Boyd Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Clemson QB
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Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (HT: 6’0⅝”, WT: 222 lbs)

 

 

NFL Comparison: Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

Combine Weigh-in
Height Weight Arm Hand
6005 222 30 3/4" 9 5/8"

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Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.84 1.66 30.5" 8'10" 7.33 4.23

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Positives

  • Good mobility, is able to climb and escape the pocket. Buys time with his feet and is able to pick up first downs.
  • Displays patience, vision and balance as a runner.
  • Very good arm strength, is able to drive the ball outside the numbers and attack downfield.
  • Has the arm to test tight windows. He can make all of the throws.
  • Excels between the tackles and is a red-zone threat on the ground. Scored 26 rushing touchdowns, 22 of which were from 10 yards out or less.
  • Team captain with strong leadership skills.
  • Throws well on the move, when rolling to his left or right.
  • Shows the ability to generate velocity throwing from multiple platforms.
  • Throws a decent deep ball.
  • Tough player, not afraid to put his nose in the middle of the pile and will take a shot to make a throw.
  • Breaks some tackles and keeps plays alive.
  • Can elude pressure to keep plays alive, sometimes making something out of nothing.
  • Good pad level as a runner, gains yards on contact and tends to fall forward.
  • Very productive, highly decorated college career.

Negatives

  • Inconsistent accuracy and ball placement to every level of the field.
  • Too often late or deliberate throwing to the sideline, allowing defenders to telegraph his passes.
  • Holds on to the ball for too long and misses open receivers.
  • Makes poor decisions under pressure.
  • Questionable ability to read defenses.
  • Played in a simplified offense and was often guilty of staring down his intended target.
  • Drops his eyes against the rush, pulling the ball down early and often fleeing the pocket prematurely.
  • Lacks ideal height at a shade under 6’1” and is built more like a running back than an NFL quarterback.
  • Occasionally has passes tipped at the line of scrimmage.
  • Inconsistent footwork occasionally the source of sporadic accuracy.
  • Not an electric or dynamic runner, can move the chains but lacks the speed and agility to break off huge chunks of yardage.
  • Struggles when his first read is not available.
  • Does not recognize the blitz well.
  • Lacks anticipation, does not throw receivers open and can be late to react.
  • Makes some efforts to protect his body, but too often leaves himself susceptible to punishment in the open field.
  • Dances in the pocket a bit too much.
  • Looked very erratic in Senior Bowl practice.

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Cmp Att Pct Yards TD INT
2010 Clemson 33 63 52.4 329 4 3
2011 Clemson 298 499 59.7 3828 33 12
2012 Clemson 287 427 67.2 3896 36 13
2013 Clemson 283 413 68.5 3851 34 11

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Personal Notes

  • Graduated December 2013 with a degree in sociology.
  • Second-Team All-ACC 2013.
  • Permanent team co-captain 2013.
  • ACC Player of the Year 2012.
  • First-Team All-ACC 2012.
  • First-Team All-ACC 2011.
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll 2011.
  • Redshirted 2009.

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

An experienced and highly decorated three-year starter, Boyd has been a visible figure in college football since his sophomore season. His combination of mobility, toughness and arm strength helped him to lead Clemson to a record of 32-8 over the past three years. While his production was prolific at the college level, erratic accuracy and trouble reading defenses could contribute to a rocky transition at the next level. He will require some development before he is thrust on the field in the NFL and projects as a backup in the short term.

 

Draft Projection: Fifth Round

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