Brandon Boykin

Rookie Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles – The Philadelphia Eagles may have found their eventual replacement for Mike Vick. Foles won the backup job over Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards.

The Eagles have high expectations for Cox

Fletcher Cox – The 1st-round pick isn’t expected to start, but he will play a significant role as part of the defensive line rotation. They’ll likely ease him into a more prominent role as the season progresses.

Mychal Kendricks – The 2nd-round pick is expected to start at strong-side linebacker and could be a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.

Brandon Boykin – Boykin may see playing time as the nickel corner, but will make his biggest impact on special teams. He is expected to begin the year as the team’s primary kick returner.

Vinny Curry – Curry was slowed by a high ankle sprain this offseason which may have limited his ability to make an early impact. He’ll be part of the defensive line rotation, but could compete for a starting job by the end of the year.

Damaris Johnson – The undrafted free agent likely won’t see many balls thrown his way, but is expected to be return punts.

Others: running back Chris Polk, running back Bryce Brown, offensive tackle Dennis Kelly

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Brandon Boykin scouting report

Brandon Boykin CB Georgia #2
Ht: 5’10”

Wt: 183

 
Strengths:
Experienced return specialist; may be a top 100 pick based on this quality alone. Strong tackler, especially for a defensive back his size. Great vision when dropping back in coverage; keeps his eyes on quarterback and is quick to adjust. Smart player who trusts his instincts. Plenty of experience against elite competition and has held his own vs guys such as Alshon Jeffery and Rueben Randle. Strong ball skills; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. A team leader on and off the field.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks the height and overall build to match up with taller, more physical receivers. May be limited to nickel packages, covering smaller slot receivers. Willing to help out against the run, but rarely makes plays unless he has a clear path the ball carrier; simply lacks the size and strength to shed blocks and fight through traffic.
Comments:
If not for the lack of size, Boykin would be a 1st-round lock. but while he’s been a successful college corner, it is impossible to overlook his physical limitations. He has the skills to be a very good nickel corner and return specialist, but the limited value of these positions means his draft position will not match up with his collegiate success.
Videos:
2011 vs Michigan State 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Leave a comment