This season, the quarterback class in college football has been something of a letdown. It’s not the fault of the players, they can only go out and play football, but from where most of the top prospects were at the start of the season to where they are now, this group is underwhelming to say the least. I wrote about the problems with the 2013 quarterback class here.
But there might be a sliver lining to this dark cloud. It’s being reported that Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd will submit paperwork to the NFL advisory committee and one can assume that depending on that he hears could leave school early to try his hand at the pro game.
I’ve been a Boyd fan since last season. His game is predicated on quick decisions, using his athleticism, throwing into small windows, and not being afraid to throw down field. I personally think it would be wise for Boyd to declare this year if he gets a first round grade, because he is just the type of quarterback this draft needs and with a big offseason could really shoot up draft boards in a hurry.
Looking at Boyd from a breakdown standpoint, he’s got nice size, albeit a little on the shorter side, he’s athletic and fit, and reminds me physically a lot of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. The notion that a quarterback must be this tall lanky thrower is antiquated and doesn’t apply to Boyd.
In watching Boyd the past 2 seasons all the cliché stuff is there. He sets up quickly, goes through his reads in a hurry, and can get the ball out of his hand quickly. He’s got a good arm, but not a cannon, however he is unafraid to put the ball up and is very accurate. And most importantly, and something I am not seeing nearly enough of this season is from some top quarterbacks, Boyd plays with tremendous confidence. He has confidence in his receivers to be open and when he threads it in, he has confidence that they will make the play.
Once it becomes official that Boyd declares(assuming he does) I will post a full scouting report, but for now understand that I believe Boyd could end up in the first round mix quite easily and really shake up the top of the first round.
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Curt writes about the Pittsburgh Steelers, college football, and the NFL draft for rantsports. He also covers the NFL draft at draftboardinsider and the Oklahoma Sooners on getrealfootball.