Tajh Boyd – Quarterback
Boyd is a fifth year senior and a three year starter for Clemson. Through last week’s game, he had completed 692 of 1103 career passes for over 9000 yards and 82 touchdowns. This year, he has completed more than 64% of his passes and thrown nine TD’s with no interceptions. He only has thrown 28 interceptions in his college career.
Boyd is about 6’1 – 220. He is an athletic quarterback who runs the ball often. On the year, he has 49 rushing attempts. He has good but not great speed. I would say he will run in the 4.68 range. He hasquick feet and good body control but is not a speedster. Boyd’s build is thick for a quarterback, but he doesn’t look overly muscular.
Boyd almost always plays from a shotgun. This year, they are lined up more in the pistol than a conventional spread. As a passer, Boyd holds the ball high and has a quick release. When he makes a decision, he gets the ball out of his hand. He has a compact release but has different throwing motions. He is usually over the top, but at times, he will throw a bit side-armed. He has good arm strength with the ability to throw the ball 55+ yards. He can throw a tight ball and shows he can zip it but also knows how to throw with touch. On his deep balls, he has a tendency to put a little too much air under the ball. Still, he shows good accuracy and ball placement. He doesn’t force the ball and shows good timing with his throws. With his athleticism, he can keep plays alive with his feet and is a good runner. He probably carries the ball on 10 designed running plays a game. While he is effective as a runner, he is not a breakaway threat. He gets what is there and maybe a little extra. He isn’t shy with the ball in his hand and will compete for extra yards.
Boyd is an interesting prospect. He lacks ideal size at 6’1", but he is productive and has played a lot of football for Clemson. He shows leadership on the field and has won a lot of games. His passing skills are good enough to play at the NFL level, but I have doubts that he has the tools to be a productive starter at the next level. I see him as a mid-round pick with the chance to develop into a starter.