The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have signed three 2012 draft choices, each to four-year contracts: fourth-round cornerback Brandon Boykin, fifth-round guard Brandon Washington and seventh-round running back Bryce Brown.
Boykin, one of the most versatile players in college football and the 2011 winner of the Paul Hornung Award, set an SEC record with four career kickoff return touchdowns and notched program benchmarks at Georgia with 110 kickoff returns for 2,663 yards. As a cornerback, Boykin registered 159 tackles and nine interceptions in 38 starts for the Bulldogs. In addition to his duties as a defensive back and return specialist, Boykin has also seen time as a running back, "Wildcat" quarterback, a coverage man on both kickoff and punt teams, and at holder. A team captain as a senior in 2011, he earned second-team All-SEC honors after making 55 tackles, 11 stops for loss (most for an SEC defensive back), and three interceptions for a defense that ranked fifth in the nation, allowing 270.2 yards per game. The Fayetteville, GA, native earned All-America honors as a sophomore returner in 2009 from The NFL Draft Report after notching three return touchdowns on 38 kickoffs for 988 yards.
A three-year letter winner out of Miami (FL), Washington compiled a streak of 25 straight starts at both tackle and guard in his junior and senior seasons. As a senior in 2011, Washington started all 12 games at left tackle for the Hurricanes after starting 13 contests at left guard in 2010. The Miami, FL, native earned all-state honors as an offensive lineman and defensive tackle as he helped lead Northwestern High School to a state title and national championship. He attended Lincoln High School his first three years.
A former USA Today and Parade Magazine high school All-American, Brown suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the opening game of the 2011 season at Kansas State. He transferred to Kansas State in 2010 in order to play with his older brother, Arthur, and sat out that season due to NCAA regulations. The Wichita, Kansas, native rushed for 460 yards as a freshman at Tennessee in 2009. Coming out of Wichita East high school, Brown was ranked as the best recruit in the country by Rivals.com and was tabbed as a Top-15 prospect by Sports Illustrated.
Of the Eagles' nine draft picks, only first-round pick Fletcher Cox and third-round pick Nick Foles are yet to be signed.
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