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2016 NFL Draft: Tyler Boyd selected 55th overall by Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Boyd - WR, PittsburghPick Analysis


Tyler Boyd – WR, Pittsburgh

Pick Analysis

Tyler Boyd is a competitor pure and simple, he obviously isn’t the number 1 here, coming in as a compliment to A.J Green. He knows how to run a route and he knows how to get open. As the second receiver, he will see single coverage when teams are focused on Green. He isn’t known for his speed, but one thing he does possess are ridiculous hands. If the ball is there to be caught and he gets his hands on it, he doesn’t drop it. Expect production early and often. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

Exploding on to the scene as a freshman, Boyd broke many first year school records held by one Larry Fitzgerald, and also leaves after 3 consistently productive years as Pittsburgh’s all-time top receiver.  That alone is eye-opening and speaks to his achievements in college.  Boyd is a player that Pitt try to get the ball to in as many ways as possible.  With starting a new QB this season, and after losing their bell cow runner James Conner, the Panthers had to try and make the most of Boyd’s talents.  That meant a lot of touches, but a drop in yards per touch from previous years.  It’s hard to blame that on Tyler, as every defence they faced all year knew what was coming and keyed in on the junior.  His 91 receptions therefore failed to get him to 1,000 receiving yards, but his 40 rush attempts going for an average of over 8.7 yards per carry was impressive and highlights his versatility.  Overall, Boyd is a smooth if limited athlete with great ball skills, projecting nicely to an effective long-term slot receiver in the NFL who should be able to contribute early. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Tyler Boyd selected 55th overall by Cincinnati Bengals

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