ESPN Insider Brock Huard ranked Boyd No. 2 among quarterback prospects, right behind Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, writing that Boyd "has first-round upside heading into 2013 ... Plus, his third-down tape is better than any prospect in the 2013 class."
And then ...
And then Boyd threw two interceptions and had a costly fumble in a disastrous 51-14 loss to Florida State. And then he threw two interceptions in what was the program's fifth straight loss to rival South Carolina. It was hardly an unsuccessful season -- Boyd was still one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and led the Tigers to a win over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl. His draft stock, though, took a significant hit along the way.
As Boyd prepares for his audition in the Senior Bowl, ESPN's Scouts Inc. crew writes, "The limitations of Clemson’s Tajh Boyd continue to jump out in terms of his consistency with reads and accuracy from inside the pocket."
Boyd said that after deciding to return to Clemson for his senior season, he was focused too much on using it to prepare for the next level.
"That was just the initial thought," Boyd said at the Orange Bowl. "But I didn't really give myself time to sit down and review and reflect on what are the pros, what are the cons. And while things haven't gone perfectly this season, this is the best decision for me. Got an opportunity to graduate. I kind of didn't enjoy my first few months after the season in college because my mindset changed a little bit. I'm sitting there worrying about making sure I get prepared for the next level. I wasn't enjoying my time here at Clemson.
"I had to sit down, talk with the coaches, reevaluate myself, sit down and realize why I came back to school. What were the reasons?" he said. "It was for me to be the best leader I could be, leaving a legacy is one of the things I'm all about, and not on the field but off the field. I wanted do a little bit more community service, I wanted to impact and influence people. I feel like I've had an opportunity to do that."
And he still has an opportunity in the NFL -- he just heads into it with a little more to prove.