Once considered to be an early-round prospect, Tajh Boyd‘s NFL Draft stock has fallen off considerably since the season ended. With that said, it hasn’t been all bad over the last three years for the quarterback out of Clemson. As a matter of fact, Boyd has been solid in each of his three collegiate seasons. But the question remains: what does the future hold for Boyd in the NFL?
To begin, the positives surrounding Boyd’s game are plentiful. Possessing a fine ability to avoid the rush, Boyd is among the most mobile passers in this year’s draft class. Not to mention, Boyd has more than enough arm strength to get the job done, throwing the ball with solid zip. When you throw in the fact Boyd won 32 of his 40 collegiate starts, and the fact he possesses outstanding leadership qualities, and it looks as though he is prepared to make the jump into the pros.
Unfortunately for Boyd, however, is the fact that for as many strengths his game has, it includes just as many weaknesses, the most pressing of which is his inconsistent accuracy. One moment, Boyd can look like the most accurate quarterback in the world, but the next, he looks as though he couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.
Although quarterbacks have recently been able to overcome their height concerns, the fact is not everyone is Russell Wilson or Drew Brees. There’s a reason that short quarterbacks raise red flags, and it’s unclear whether or not Boyd is tall enough to play in the NFL at 6-foot-1.
Overall, Boyd’s future is one filled with uncertainty. He has the natural talent and leadership to be a starter at the next level, but to get to that point, he must improve his accuracy and field vision. It’s very possible that he ends up being the steal of the draft; unfortunately, it’s just as likely he’s out of the league in three years.