Of the three QBs in this article, Clemson's Tajh Boyd has experienced the most dramatic drop. Once considered a top-three pick in some circles, Boyd is now carrying a seventh-round draft grade, per CBS Sports. Boyd absolutely shattered the passing records for yards and touchdowns at Clemson and led the Tigers to their first-ever BCS bowl victory when they defeated Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.
Boyd is the epitome of a dual-threat quarterback. He accumulated over 13,000 total yards and 133 total touchdowns. As Matt Miller states in the video above, Boyd is probably the best pure athlete at the quarterback position in this draft.
This trait bodes well for Boyd as he enters a league where athletic, dual-threat quarterbacks have become a hot commodity, following the success of Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and Russel Wilson. Boyd was very accurate over the past two seasons, completing nearly 68 percent of his passes over the past two seasons.
Despite his success, Boyd does have a number of question marks, which resulted in his dramatic drop down draft boards. Like every quarterback coming out of a spread system, there are questions abound about Boyd's ability to transition to a pro-style offense. He didn't have to read the defense as much as someone like Murray and focused on getting the ball out quickly.
Boyd has had the luxury of playing with two first-round receivers in Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. Unfortunately, now it counts against him to an extent as it heightens concerns of inflated stats, something that coincides with his time spent in the spread system.
This isn't the first time a spread-system quarterback has faced questions because of the receiver he was throwing to. The same scenario played out in the 2009 NFL draft with Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell and his teammate Michael Crabtree. Many called Harrell a product of the supremely talented Crabtree and of the system run at Texas Tech. Harrell eventually went undrafted while Crabtree was taken 10th overall and has been an extremely productive receiver in the NFL.
Another issue I noticed is when Boyd plays bad, he plays very bad. This was especially evident in Clemson's blowout loss to Florida State last season, video of which is here. As you can see in the video, FSU gets after him early and doesn't let him get comfortable, which set the tone for the entire game.
Boyd finished the game completing less than 46 percent of his passes, which was the only time all season he completed less than 60 percent of his passes. In his three years as a starter, he's had four games with under 50 percent of passes completed, going 1-3 in those games. To put it in perspective, the top three QBs, Bridgewater, Manziel and Bortles, combined for four games under 50 percent completion.
Boyd has a very specific skill set that, if used properly, could yield successful results. His style of play reminds me of Russel Wilson. Both are short, accurate, strong-armed quarterbacks who can burn a defense with their legs. Wilson landed in the perfect situation in Seattle, so to expect his level of success for Boyd is a bit of a stretch.
Still, Boyd could find some success somewhere like Philadelphia, where he would be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's fast-paced, mobile system.