The incoming class of rookie receivers are highlighted by D.Ok. Metcalf, however Miles Boykin of Notre Dame ought to be garnering extra consideration.
Miles Boykin caught the eye of the NFL Draft world when he examined as an otherworldly athlete at this 12 months’s NFL Mix.
At a towering 6-foot-Four inches and 220 kilos, Boykin ran a Four.42 40-yard sprint (high 20 for the complete mix), jumped 43.5 inches within the vertical bounce (first amongst WRs), and leaped 140 inches (second amongst WRs) within the broad bounce. Not solely did he present his explosion, however Boykin adopted these checks with a 6.77 Three-cone (tops of all WRs) and a Four.07 brief shuttle (third amongst WRs).
These numbers undoubtedly place Boykin in an elite class of athlete. This uncommon athletic profile earned Boykin the standing of an ideal SPARQ rating of 150, which is the variety of customary deviations above the imply for his place within the NFL. Different Three-sigma athletes embody, J.J. Watt, Calvin Johnson and Byron Jones.
Boykin has not acquired the post-combine rise as others have, nor has he acquired his correct rating within the consensus of this 12 months’s class of wideouts. There are a selection of the reason why, however the largest one is because of taking part in in an anemic, run-first offense with inconsistent quarterback play. Regardless of not being featured, Boykin nonetheless caught 59 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns.
For comparisons sake, his manufacturing is eerily much like that of Dante Pettis, who was the third large receiver off the board within the 2018 NFL Draft. In Pettis’ senior season he caught 63 passes for 761 yards and 7 touchdowns. The dearth of high-level manufacturing shouldn’t deter groups from having a look at this thrilling participant within the early rounds.
Separation, Velocity and Explosiveness
What instantly interprets from school to the NFL is the flexibility to separate. Velocity and explosiveness are adequate however not essential to change into a terrific separator. Fortunately for Boykin, he has each.
One knock on Boykin is that his velocity doesn’t present up on tape. I vehemently disagree. A quick particular person with lengthy legs and an extended stride will look slower than a shorter participant as a result of they don’t seem to be taking as many steps. The velocity for a taller particular person similar to Boykin is masked by his size. This subsequent clip is an efficient instance.
Right here, Boykin instantly beats his man off the road of scrimmage, good points separation and the cornerback has no shot. If not for the poorly thrown ball, that is a simple landing over the center of the sphere. Boykin’s tape is suffering from undercooked passes from his quarterback that erased alternatives for manufacturing.
On this play, Boykin runs a publish route and beats the security deep.This could have been a simple landing however his quarterback was unable to ship an correct ball.
Boykin tends to get separation deep and over the center of the sphere, however off-target throws just like the above saved him from changing these alternatives into extra.
Purple zone weapon
Boykin can be utilized in a wide range of methods within the purple zone. He can play outdoors or inside.
Redzone Weapon! Has a really good launch off the LOS (constant), explodes off his plant foot with no false steps to immediately beat his man off the LOS. The defender is pressured to seize some fabric. Cross interference. pic.twitter.com/LwIuMTZq04
— struggle me irl (@DillEsq) March 22, 2019
The defender will get beat arduous inside as Boykin explodes off his plant foot.
Take a look at how shortly he will get on high of the defenders. Excessive factors the ball, Exhibits unbelievable arms, coming down with the catch by way of contact. pic.twitter.com/e6drWqqaVh
— struggle me irl (@DillEsq) March 22, 2019
Strains up on this slot right here working a brief nook to the again of the endzone. Shows nice arms and spatial consciousness discovering the open area within the zone for the rating.
Soccer IQ and YAC capacity
Boykin has a knack for locating open area. He additionally exhibits a excessive soccer IQ. On this play he notices the defenders leaving him to chase the Quarterback. He shortly turns upfield to provide his quarterback an outlet. Being arduous to take down as soon as he will get transferring, he takes this one to the home.
One play that actually stands out is his one handed seize towards LSU. Smaller defenders don’t stand an opportunity. However he has the flexibility to make guys miss, which is uncommon for a large receiver of his dimension.
Poor throws, a run-first offense and lack of being featured saved Boykin from actually shining at Notre Dame. His expertise degree is off the charts and we have now seen however a mere glimpse of what he’s able to. One can solely think about what degree of manufacturing he would have if he performed in a extra dynamic offense or just had a greater quarterback.
His athletic profile is extra uncommon than that of D.Ok. Metcalf — who’s a marvel in his personal proper — and he has increased manufacturing than Metcalf who’s seen as the highest receiver within the draft.
Boykin is being neglected as a dynamic playmaker that may contribute instantly within the NFL as a split-end or flanker however can even transfer inside to play the massive slot. He’ll make his cash over the center of the sphere in a contemporary NFL offense.
Boykin should work on sinking his hips extra out of his breaks and diversifying his releases off the road of scrimmage, however it might not shock me if he finally ends up being the very best receiver to return out of this draft.