Saturday, May 10, 2014
Jets take Tajh Boyd in 6th
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The pick: Tajh Boyd, quarterback, Clemson
My take: The Jets' interest in Boyd was one of the worst-kept secrets in the draft. They did extensive work on Boyd, starting at the Senior Bowl. It also didn't hurt that Rex Ryan's son, Seth, is a wide receiver at Clemson. Obviously, they had inside intel on Boyd, one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the draft. He was a three-year starter on one of the biggest stages in college football, throwing at least 30 touchdowns in all three seasons. He's a winner (37-8 as a starter) and a good leader, but there are major questions. He's short (a shade under 6-foot-1) and his throwing mechanics are inconsistent, including a low release point. He's not as efficient inside the pocket as you'd like, but he passed for more than 11,000 yards in college. So why not? This made this selection with a compensatory choice.
Four's a crowd: This probably isn't a happy day in the Matt Simms household. After making nice strides last season as a developmental quarterback, Simms will now have to battle Boyd for the No. 3 job, behind Geno Smith and Michael Vick. The Boyd pick was so John Idzik; he preaches competition and he subscribes to the theory that you can't have too many quarterbacks. Boyd doesn't have No. 1 potential, according to scouts, but if he takes to David Lee's coaching, he could emerge as a competent backup in the future.