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Mississippi's Laquon Treadwell is widely considered this year's top receiver prospect, but there's a logjam in the second tier that includes Ohio State's Michael Thomas, TCU's Josh Doctson, Baylor's Corey Coleman, Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard and Notre Dame's Will Fuller.
But the one name that seems to be slipping through the cracks is Tyler Boyd, who entered the season near the top of most watch lists for this year's draft.
Though his 2015 stat line might not jump off the page compared to some others—91 receptions, 926 yards, six touchdowns—he's leaving Pitt a year early as the school's all-time leader in catches and receiving yards.
Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com points out some of Boyd's strengths:
Gliding athlete with an instant accelerator to reach his top speed with his initial strides. Sharp cuts and burst off his plant foot, mixing his gears well in his patterns.
Quick release off the line of scrimmage with natural route running prowess, setting up defenders and selling routes with beautiful body fakes. Easy body control to twist mid-air and adjust to obscure ball placement. Excellent hand-eye coordination with strong hands to pluck, extending his catching radius beyond what most his size can - attacks the ball, doesn't wait for it.
Prospects are often considered to have "upside" when they have rare natural ability that simply hasn't been fully realized yet. Boyd makes this list for almost the opposite reason in that despite his lack of eye-catching measureables, he wins with the little things that translate well to the pro game.
Boyd's technique and proficiency in the finer points of his craft should allow him to make an instant impact, making him a potential steal if he starts to slip past some of the more flashy pass-catchers in this year's draft.