NFL scout calls Clemson QB Tajh Boyd 'undraftable'

1/22/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

After the first week of the NCAA football season, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was generating a ton of buzz as a potential Heisman candidate. While he did cool off a bit, he was still sensational throughout the season. Among all FBS quarterbacks, Boyd ranked tenth in completion percentage with a mark of 68.5%, 12th in passing yards with 3,851, eighth in yards per pass attempt with 9.3, and seventh in passing touchdowns with 34. Those numbers don't even include his prowess in the run game, where he racked up ten more touchdowns.

Despite his great numbers and steady improvement throughout his career, Boyd has yet to sell NFL scouts on his potential as a professional signal caller. Boyd is undersized at a hair under 6'1'' and 222 pounds, and he also can get flustered and erratic with his passes when facing pressure. To make matters worse, Boyd has reportedly been struggling at Senior Bowl practices this week.


Jan 20, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA;  North squad quarterback Tajh Boyd of Clemson (10) passes during practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsAfter watching Boyd practice, a scout for the Green Bay Packers has reportedly said, "based on what I'm seeing Tajh Boyd is not draftable," according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. Those are very harsh words, perhaps even overly harsh, but the comment is certainly worth noting. Boyd is a polarizing prospect due to his lofty numbers and flashes of greatness combined with inconsistency and small stature. Some believe that Boyd could be a starting quarterback at the next level, while some - as I have just mentioned - don't feel that he is even worth drafting.

Ultimately, Boyd could very well end up being taken on the second day of the draft, in the second or third round. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com believes that Boyd "could solidify himself" as a second-round pick with a good performance at the Senior Bowl, which seems quite possible. Everyone already knows Boyd's measurements, so he should only improve his stock down the road at the NFL Combine with his speed and athleticism. What will be key is how he throws at the combine, and as a player "who can sling it" when he is not under pressure (according to Jeremiah), he should be able to impress in that situation.

For what it's worth, Boyd has said that the Oakland Raiders have shown more interest in him than any other team. The Raiders - who tested the waters with athletic read-option quarterback Terrelle Pryor this season - would definitely be an intriguing fit for Boyd.
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