The Tajh Boyd paradox: 1st-team All-American ranked No. 22 among draftable QBs

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd talks during a press conference in Clemson. Boyd and teammates play LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl December 31.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd talks during a press conference in Clemson. Boyd and teammates play LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl December 31.

Go figure.

Earlier this month, Tajh Boyd was honored as a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association - the first Clemson quarterback ever to be named to an A-A first team.

At the other end of the spectrum, Boyd has been now tagged No. 22 among draft-eligible quarterbacks by the website DraftInsider.net.

The website is not the first to write Boyd off as an NFL draft prospect.

The good news is that if the projections are even close to being accurate, Boyd will almost certainly return to Clemson for his senior season.

It's hard to make sense of Boyd's ranking, however, or the website's thumbnail analysis: 'Athletic college quarterback that’s a bigger threat running the ball rather than passing it."

Boyd is being projected as the last quarterback drafted - in the seventh round, and No. 22 at his position.

The 2013 draft is expected to be top-heavy with quarterbacks.

West Virginia's Geno Smith, Southern California's Matt Barkley, Tennessee's Tyler Bray and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson are all expected to be drafted by early in the second round. Florida State's EJ Manuel, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and Oklahoma's Landry Jones are pegged as second-rounders, with Miami's Stephen Morris, Alabama's A.J. McCarron and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib going in the third.

Ranked ahead of Boyd and projected in rounds 4-6 are N.C. State's Mike Glennon, Miami-Ohio's Zac Dysert, Georgia's Aaron Murray, Fresno State's Derek Carr, Boston College's Chase Rettig, Southern Utah's Brad Sorenson, Missouri's James Franklin, Kansas State's Collin Klein, North Carolina's Bryn Renner and Washington's Keith Price.

Go figure.

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Comments » 14

MatthewBlackstone writes:

I'm going to go with a lazy analysis by someone not even familiar with his stats that saw "Short black guy". He's got a fast release, is accurate, and smart. If they compare him to Vince Young, I may have to jump on board with people calling racism. He's more in the Russell Wilson mode.

Bigboots writes:

Charlie Ward. FSU. Good athlete, good guy, may as well have been on the NFL's DO NOT DISTURB list.
Tajh Boyd, pretty much the same story.

Ranger-75 writes:

He has the knowledge, skillset and ability....he must have some signature wins on his resume to get recognized.
Tigers must stay focused, committed and physical.
GO TIGERS

Lynx26 writes:

im a fan of tahj....

but he's a low budget Donovan Mcnabb. similar stature and ability. Stay away from the chunky soup...come back and Dominate your up to an easy top 5 QB next year!

12-1 go tigers

michtiger writes:

Isn't the coaches assoc. the only group that has him as a 1st team AA? He has some great stats but please fellow fans, you can not ignore the lapses in his performance in the big games. He will have a lot of growing next year to even get a look in NFL. There have been many great Col. QB's that aren't NFL material. This sounds like the silly talk several years ago about Harper after one season and Parker. I love the tigers also but he is not likely to be a factor in NFL.

Bigboots writes:

There's an observation for you. It must have sounded so clever as you said it to yourself.
It just didn't translate.
Don't be putting these young men down just because you have no life and play on your daddy's computer at 3:44am.

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to sennmanthetigerfan:

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And that would be correct my friend. He carves up average and below defenses but put pressure on him and he's like Tony Romo..he chokes! By the way I don't like Dallas so to compare him to Romo means I think that he really has a long way to go. We have the speed to beat the defenses that can get to him but Tajh just has to learn how to handle that. When he's hot, there ain't a QB in America better but when he's not he's a liability. He's not consistent. When he came out and quickly scored in the SC game my reaction was ohhh no! Why? Because I knew that he has a tendency to drop off of the map and get lackadaisical after such a good start. Now how much of that goes to play calling I don't know, but I know also that a QB has to have instinct as well and know when to tuck and run or just throw it away! All of that being said, I love my Tigers and I like Tajh, but I think that he has some more growing to do. He's got to learn how to finish strong. We should have hing at least 70-80 points on NCSt among others! Go Tigers!

Bigboots writes:

In this case, one year is not going to make much difference. You will see little change in performance whether he stays or goes. He is what he is.

Ranger-75 writes:

Come on folks, two 10 win season... He worked the new offense under Morris very well his first year, he made strong improvement this year in running and reading defenses better, with a more experienced OL and our speed Receivers returning, he will have a Heisman senior year.
Stay focused, committed and physical
Go Tigers

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to Ranger-75:

Come on folks, two 10 win season... He worked the new offense under Morris very well his first year, he made strong improvement this year in running and reading defenses better, with a more experienced OL and our speed Receivers returning, he will have a Heisman senior year.
Stay focused, committed and physical
Go Tigers

He has shown improvement from year to year in that he didn't have that end of season breakdown like he did last year and I believe that one more year will make a difference for him and Chad Kelly who will be getting some reps next year. Chad will definitely be pushing him next year because the redshirt will be gone and it will be on for sure! I see a lot of people jumping on the Chad Kelly bandwagon and trying to rush Tajh out and usher Kelly in, but in the words of Lee Corso "not so fast my friend!" Chad Kelly has not played a down of college football. I know he has made a lot of noise but an empty wagon makes a lot of noise. Lets wait to see what happens when it loaded! Go Tigers!

Bigboots writes:

I would love to see how some of these guys play without their little earrings and dreadlocks.
Discipline. Mental toughness. Gone.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Miami-Ohio's Zac Dysert, Georgia's Aaron Murray, Fresno State's Derek Carr, Boston College's Chase Rettig, Southern Utah's Brad Sorenson, Missouri's James Franklin, Kansas State's Collin Klein, North Carolina's Bryn Renner and Washington's Keith Price...of all theses QBs rated ahead of Tajh I only see Renner as being more talented. James Franklin & Collin Klein? James Franklin, really? Klein can barely throw an accurate pass.

cuGIZ82 writes:

in response to Bigboots:

I would love to see how some of these guys play without their little earrings and dreadlocks.
Discipline. Mental toughness. Gone.

I see a lot of "dread heads" helping both Saban and Miles win championships. SEC has no problem with recruiting disciplined and mentally tough guys who wear dreads. Some may even wear earrings.

To make you happy CU should stop recruiting the type of guys you mentioned and then we will see them become a national power. GO TIGERS!!!

KIMOSAMI writes:

in response to Bigboots:

I would love to see how some of these guys play without their little earrings and dreadlocks.
Discipline. Mental toughness. Gone.

Have you seen RG3 ?
Have you seen RG3 play?
Have you heard RG3 talk?
Have you heard his coaches talk about him?

He is very nice, very disciplined, very intelligent.....
And probably the best QB in the country right now with the possible exception of Peyton Manning. But RG3 can tuck it and run with 4.3 speed if need be.
...

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