Eleven cornerbacks were picked ahead of Eagles breakout playmaker
Boykin had a stellar career at the University of Georgia and was projected as a second- or third-round pick. He fractured his leg at the Senior Bowl, however, and could not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine or Georgia’s pro day. That, combined with Boykin’s height, 5-foot-10, and weight, 185 pounds, depressed his draft stock. We’ve seen it so many times before when teams pass over a supremely gifted player because he suffered an injury in the pre-draft process or is “too small” and then end up regretting it once he fully recovers and shows he’s the same player in the NFL that he was in college. You know, it’s the size of the fight in the dog, not the size of the dog in the fight.
It has been well documented that general manager Howie Roseman and his player personnel staff had Boykin as the highest-rated player on the board, by far, and were sweating it out until their selection in the fourth round, 123rd overall, at which time they hastily turned in the card with his name on it. Every other team’s loss has been the Eagles’ gain. Boykin is now an integral part of Bill Davis’ defense and has made momentum-shifting and game-saving plays throughout the season. He’s also the best gunner on special teams and has downed a number of punts deep inside the opponent’s territory.
“He’s contributed on every level with this team,” fellow cornerback