With the No. 213 pick of the NFL Draft, the Jets selected Clemson QB Tajh Boyd.
Boyd, who is 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds, was the ACC Player of the Year in 2012 and was a finalist for the Unitas and Manning Awards in 2013 after posting his 283/413 (68.5%) for 3851 yards and 34 TDs to 11 INTs in 13 starts. Boyd become the first quarterback in ACC history to throw for more than 30 touchdowns in three seasons and set a record with 107 career TDs.
The former Clemson QB ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.84 seconds at the Combine.
Scouts say that for a quarterback Boyd is short and stocky, but that he is a strong-armed quarterback suited for a vertical-power offense.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comA year ago, Boyd was talked about as a potential early round prospect. It is mind-blowing that the Jets were able to get Boyd with the fourth of their sixth round draft picks.
Rex Ryan is very familiar with Boyd, as his son Seth was a freshman on the team in 2013 and Rex has followed Clemson football leading into that decision by his son. Rex has often spoken glowingly about Boyd and so that Rex pushed for this doesn’t seem like that much of a surprise.
Read Pauline’s full report. (Draft Insider, April 21)
While Boyd is likely destined to be a backup for his NFL career, could the Jets find a way to use him? He’s not as fast as Brad Smith was, but he was effective as a runner inside the five yard line. The problem of course with setting up a package just for him is that it would throw off the gameday activation numbers.
Most likely, Boyd will battle with Matt Simms for the team’s third quarterback spot this season. Since Boyd was just drafted, expect him to already have an inside shot.