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Miles Boykin NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Baltimore Ravens' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 10: Miles Boykin #81 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish makes a three-yard touchdown reception against Hamsah Nasirildeen #23 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first quarter of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on November 10, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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STRENGTHS

—The height (6'4"), weight (220 lbs) and speed (4.42 40) for awesome developmental potential.

—Bailed out many Notre Dame quarterbacks with his midair twists and turns to make the catch. Big, strong hands at 9⅞".

—Snags the ball with late punch and arm extension to keep defenders honest in coverage.

—Blocks like a move tight end and is built like one, too.  

—Is only scratching the surface of what he can become.

                    

WEAKNESSES

—Struggles to find windows against zone coverage.

—Lacks change-of-direction ability, both in routes and with the ball in his hands.

—Play speed looks slower than 4.42.

                  

OVERALL

Miles Boykin might be the first-ever Notre Dame player who didn't get enough attention. The acrobatic body movements to make circus-style catches are evident in almost every game. While he burned up the track at the combine, he looks slower on tape, and struggles in and out of breaks. His ability to make catches in traffic may have teams overlooking his change-of-direction drawbacks.

                

GRADE: 6.50 (ROUND 2—ROOKIE IMPACT/FUTURE STARTER)

PRO COMPARISON: Alshon Jeffery

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