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Tajh Boyd's NFL draft stock slipped following an uneven senior season.
Sixth round, No. 213 overall to the New York Jets.
Boyd was projected as a potential first-round pick following his junior season, but he fell precipitously after uneven, turnover-laden efforts on big stages against Florida State and South Carolina in 2013. Measured at the NFL scouting combine at just under 6'1", he might be a bit small for the NFL but is a dual-threat. Accuracy could be an issue. Projects right now as a developmental quarterback, not an immediate franchise savior.
With Michael Vick and Geno Smith in New York already, Boyd will not be expected to play right away. He profiles as the Jets' No. 3 quarterback and will have time to develop behind the veteran Vick and former first-round pick in Smith.
Boyd was the most prolific passer in Clemson history, the ACC's No. 2 all-time passing yards leader and its all-time touchdown leader, as well as an excellent leader. Replacing that kind of production is near impossible, but senior Cole Stoudt will try.
The son of former NFL and USFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, Cole was installed as Clemson's starter after sophomore Chad Kelly was dismissed following spring practice. He is a steady, accurate passer who can run a little bit. He'll be backed up by true freshman DeShaun Watson, a national recruit who thrived in a spread system in high school.
Stoudt will have a tough task early on with games against Georgia and Florida State, but after serving as Boyd's backup for three seasons, he'll be motivated to produce quickly.