Tyler Boyd   WR   Pittsburgh

Tyler has Larry Fitzgerald-type hands. He could catch a football in the middle of having a nightmare in his sleep and still never wake up. He is a smooth receiver, is smart and shows the ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Tyler has been the main offensive weapon for his college team playing at all the receiver positions. He looks on film to be a good teammate giving good effort on his blocks and shows leadership skills with his play on the field. Tyler is the type of player a quarterback can depend on to catch the ball even when he looks like he is not open. He has a imposing catch radius and big, soft hands; with the right team and the right quarterback, Tyler could become a core receiver for the team that selects him.

I would call Tyler “U-Haul” because he comes off the line so slow it looks like he is pulling one of those small U-Haul trailers behind him. He runs poor routes for his speed and lateral agility; if he wants to be a possession receiver, he had better bulk up and learn to somehow get separation or at the next level he’s not going to make it. The only way for Tyler to get separation from a defender is to run much better routes and pray he is paired up with a very strong armed quarterback who throws on rhythm a lot. Otherwise he will struggle to impact.

Tyler has potential because of his ability to catch the ball with strong hands, but he has to run better routes by changing gears and gaining some separation. He runs all his routes at the same speed – unfortunately, that speed is SLOW -- and he is not going to be successful doing that at the next level. He doesn’t have the speed, agility or size to play the way he plays at the college level so he must add some bulk and muscle to his overall body. In spite of the fact that Tyler doesn’t have the speed or the lateral agility to impact at the next level, he does have the hands which means, depending on his work ethic, the team that selects him along with the right fit at quarterback with the velocity and talent to throw the ball, Tyler can become a productive player. I really like this kid’s ability to catch the ball in a hurricane but there are other issues that Tyler has to work on and right now for the purposes of this draft, those issues might be insurmountable and will affect his draft status. Remember you draft with the information you have in front of you at that time but that information doesn’t mean that Tyler can’t overcome his negatives, it just means he has more negatives than positives to overcome but there is no reason why he can’t overcome those negatives given the time.

Drew Boylhart  MAR.2016