Tyler Boyd

Pittsburgh
Wide Receiver #23
Junior 6’2″ 200

Written by TJ Randall

Tyler Boyd embodies a receiver who dominates the game and has tools for success.tyler-boyd

  • Big play ability
  • Consistency (3+ catches for 38+ yards in every game including five with 10+ for 89+)
  • Posted 10 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown against Iowa’s Desmond King, the Thorpe Award Winner
  • Great YAC earner
  • Refined route running; ran full route tree out of multiple sets
  • Soft, consistent hands; solid hand-eye coordination
  • Long strider who can hit the next gear
  • Uses his body well to box out and out-jump defenders
  • Averaged 7.7 receptions and 79.4 yards despite being the sole focal point of defensive schemes
  • Sound footwork and ability to sell fakes
  • Knows when to extend for passes or haul them in close to his body
  • Exceptional athlete; 10th in the nation in kick return average (27.6 yards) and first in the ACC in punt return average (10.1) in 2014
  • Not exceptionally fast; won’t take the top off of defenses
  • Rather lean, would like to see him add 10-15 pounds to his frame
  • Lacks great quick-twitch
  • Occasional focus drops
  • Doesn’t possess great strength, will often go down after first tackle attempt
  • Poor off-field decisions (DUI arrest during the summer of 2014)

Despite his off-field issue, Boyd embodies the receiver who dominates a game as the absence of running back James Conner left Boyd as the only offensive player defenses keyed on and schemed around. His cons can be refined in the next few months as he is a player who could have a major impact on any team.

 

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