TAJH BOYD, QB
SCHOOL: CLEMSON | CONFERENCE: ACC
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: SENIOR | HOMETOWN: HAMPTON, VA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1 / 222 LBS.
STRENGTHS: Sets quickly. Can sling it when he’s in rhythm and has a clean pocket. Good zip short-to-intermediate. Can launch deep throws 60-plus yards and flashes touch to drop it in the bucket. Shows composure in the face of a blitz and is willing to take a hit to make a play. Makes plays with his feet, be it rolling the pocket, extending plays or throwing on the move (left or right). Slippery and elusive to escape the rush and is a threat to tuck and dash for the sticks. Good straight-line speed and run strength for a quarterback (will lower his shoulder on defenders). Team captain and three-year starter. Terrific football character. Is universally liked and will be a godsend for the P.R. staff.
WEAKNESSES: Does not look the part -- lacks ideal height and weight tends to fluctuate (nicknamed “Fat Boy” by teammates). Throws with a low elbow and sails downfield throws -- can improve his accuracy. Inconsistent decision-making. Did not take snaps under center in a pistol, read-option offense and production was inflated by NFL-caliber skill players. Will require patience adapting to pro-style passing. Needs to quicken his eyes and expand his field vision. Does not always see the overhanging safety or short-hole defender. Tends to read first and second options before fleeing the pocket. Durability could be a concern given his style -- needs to learn to slide.
BOTTOM LINE: Difficult to prepare for and difficult to block, Boyd is a short, athletic, strong-armed quarterback with Wildcat value and starter potential in a vertical-power system, though he is the type you look to replace. The success of Russell Wilson likely helps Boyd’s cause, but he is not as polished and might be better suited as a backup.