With OTAs almost done, training camp is around the corner and it will be interesting to see how Vanderbilt‘s Chris Boyd fits in with the Dallas Cowboys. The main problem here is that Dallas already has five capable receivers in Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Devin Street, Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris, but only Bryant and Street have the size Boyd has.
Size is becoming an important factor for NFL teams, and that is an unteachable tool Boyd already has. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Boyd has an NFL-ready body. While many professional teams will be scared away by his 4.73 second 40-yard dash time, the reality is that Boyd is a long strider and his skillset isn’t best suited in a vertical offense.
Boyd is the perfect example of a possession receiver. Boyd has 33-inch arms to along with his nice frame. His combination of size and long arms tells me that he could make an impact with his huge catch radius. This allows him to make all of the catches on the short and intermediate routes.
Perhaps the best thing about Boyd is his ability to seal the edge in the running game. The problem with him is that he had a troubled college career. In college, Boyd was indicted in a rape case and received 12-month sentence for a misdemeanor. Head coach Jason Garrett doesn’t mess around, and it will be up to Boyd to keep his head on straight and show the coaching staff that he is changed man.