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Tajh Boyd had a mixed performance at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Boyd’s NFL stock plummeted over the course of the 2013 season. He was once regarded as a potential first-round pick, but he struggled in defeats to rivals Florida State and South Carolina. Boyd completed just 17 of 37 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the 51-14 demolition at the Seminoles’ hands, losing a key early fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
At South Carolina, he completed 19 of 27 passes for 225 yards but threw for no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also lost a key fumble early in the fourth quarter inside the Gamecocks’ 35-yard line with Clemson trailing 24-17, a key factor in the Tigers’ 31-17 defeat.
He also struggled at the Senior Bowl, completing seven of 16 passes for 31 yards and an interception.
On a recent NFL draft teleconference, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Boyd was a “fifth- to sixth-round pick.”
In addition, he was listed at 6’1” at Clemson but was officially measured at 6’0.875” at the Senior Bowl, just below his listed height.
Boyd told The (Charleston) Post and Courier that his overall record spoke for itself.
“I'm confident in my abilities. Game tape doesn't lie,” he said. “You can refer to the Senior Bowl if you want, but that doesn't take the place of three years.”
In Indianapolis, Boyd had a solid if unspectacular performance. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds, had a 30.5-inch vertical leap, a 106-inch broad jump, ran the three-cone drill in 7.23 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.23 seconds.
FoxSports.com said Boyd’s throwing effort was “inaccurate” and said he was trending in the opposite direction from fellow quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.