Thursday, March 15, 2012
Draft preview series: Georgia CB Brandon Boykin
By Bryan Broaddus and Tim MacMahon
The fifth installment in our draft series looks at Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin.
Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 8 cornerback, No. 60 overall
Bio: Second-team All-SEC selection at cornerback last season, when he had 55 tackles (11 for losses), nine passes broken up, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Finished career with nine interceptions. Also a dynamic kickoff and punt returner. Averaged 24.2 yards on 110 career kickoffs with four touchdowns. Averaged 12.9 yards with a touchdown on 14 punt returns. Played some offense as a senior, when he had seven carries for 103 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
Cornerback Brandon Boykin isn't the most physical player, but he has good speed and quickness and was a dynamic punt and kick returner at Georgia.
Size: 5-foot-9 ¼, 182 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.44
Did not participate in scouting combined due to broken leg suffered at Senior Bowl.
Broaddus Breakdown (viewed South Carolina, Georgia Tech, LSU and Michigan State games): Lined up at the right cornerback, slot and even safety at times for the Bulldogs. … Small-looking player on film, and at times will play small. … Like Stephon Gilmore from South Carolina, he plays with outstanding foot quickness and does a nice job reading routes and driving on the ball. Plays with range and good initial burst. Really shows some closing speed when he sees the play develop. … Skilled enough to carry routes across the field and maintain position. Will show the ability to cut his man off in route. Is a fluid-moving athlete. Can turn and run with little trouble. Don’t see much separation from receivers in his game. … Plays smart. LSU tried to fool him with a double move on the outside, but he did not bite on the route. … Thought he was a much better zone player than man, and that might have something to do with his size. … Starts well in his pedal but will tend to get a little high. … Showed good ball skills. Had an interception against South Carolina, but also dropped one. Played the ball well in the air against LSU. … Will struggle when he has to set the edge in the running game. This just really isn’t one of his strengths. Bothered me when the ball came downhill at him; he went into retreat mode. The LSU game was awful for him when it came to being physical on the edge. Missed two tackles in the open field that both resulted in touchdowns. If he can tackle you by running you down from the backside, he has a shot at making the play, but otherwise, there could be some problems. … Did drive on the ball against Michigan State on a hitch screen and tackled his man, which resulted in a safety. … A club will draft and use him in the slot to start his career. There is no doubt of his ability to cover anywhere on the field, but he will need some work when he has to play at the point of attack. … Can easily see him going mid to late second round of the draft. Did not work out during the combine because he got hurt in the Senior Bowl, but that really shouldn’t be a problem for him because you can see the speed and quickness on tape.