Biography: Three-year starter who finished with 55 tackles/3 interceptions/9 pass breakups and 11 tackles for loss as a senior. Junior totals included 44/3/3 after he had 54 tackles as a sophomore. Averaged 12.9 yards on 14 punt returns with one score as a senior and 24.3 yards on 34 kick returns as a junior, bringing one back for a TD.
Positives: Small but explosive cornerback who shuts down opponents. Possesses tremendous quickness, easily runs downfield with opponents and shows a burst to the action. Explosive, plays an aggressive game and displays a feel for coverage. Locates the pass in the air, gets vertical and adjusts to make plays on the ball. Shows good hands for the interception. Explodes out of his plant to the ball and has a burst of closing speed. Does not back down to challenges and takes on bigger ballcarriers in run support. Alters the momentum of games as a return specialist.
Negatives: Easily neutralized at the point by blocks. Occasionally bites on play-action fakes and misses assignments. Suffered a significant leg injury during the Senior Bowl which has raised numerous red flags.
Analysis: Boykin was a solid player on the Georgia defense the past three seasons and possesses ball skills and speed that translate well to the NFL. His lack of height is a concern as is his recent injury, but at the very least Boykin offers potential as a nickelback who can also impact a team returning punts and kicks.
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