Of all the receivers graded in the early rounds, Tyler Boyd very well could be the most underrated of the crop. Despite lackluster QB play, Boyd still managed to post big numbers year in and year out. For a large part of the season he was a projected 1st round pick but slipped due to the emergence of guys like Corey Coleman and Josh Doctson. Boyd is very well-rounded and does a little bit of everything. Has great potential as a longtime #2 WR in the NFL.
Name: Tyler Boyd
Projection: 2nd-3rd Round
Comparison: T.J. Houshmanzadeh
Strengths: A proportioned athlete. A very good hands catcher who can track the ball over his head and make difficult, high-point grabs. Consistent hands. Terrific quickness and body control. A beautiful and compact running style with little wasted motion. Vision in the open field to make plays others don’t which gave him opportunities in the return game and on sweep plays. Nifty moves and quick feet after the catch. Works hard to find open zones on broken plays. Gains separation out of his cuts and shows the discipline to be an exceptional route-runner at the NFL level. Willing blocker.
Weaknesses: Lean limbs and lacks bulk. Not a powerful athlete who will sink his hips and explode. More of a straight line athlete. Has some leg stiffness that always keeps him in an upright position.
Outlook: An outstanding possession receiver who will be highly successful in the league because he does a little bit of everything. Lacks an obvious elite trait but lacks any weaknesses that will prevent him from being a productive player.