Tajh Boyd said earlier this week that he's keeping his options open in regard to declaring for the NFL Draft.
Dabo Swinney says he, Boyd and the Tigers have more pressing concerns this week as they prepare for N.C. State. But after practice on Wednesday, Swinney offered his general guideline in advising players who are considering making an early jump to the NFL.
“I don’t think any of them should leave unless they're a first -rounder," Swinney said. "I've been doing this too long, and I've had too many guys sit in my office when they realize that a million dollars isn’t a million dollars.
"When you pay your taxes and buy a car and pay your agent, you'd better go to work. Unless you're a legitimate first rounder, you'd better come back."
With the end of the season approaching, Boyd is getting little mention from draft analysts as a high-pick projection in the 2013 draft.
Earlier this week he was named as one of 15 'players to watch' for the Walter Camp Award as national collegiate player of the year. There are eight other quarterbacks on the list.
One website - NFLDraftScout.com - lists 43 quarterbacks without mentioning the Clemson junior.
The Bleacher Report projects that just three quarterbacks will be taken in the first round - Southern Cal's Matt Barkey, West Virginia's Geno Smith, and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson. Tennessee's Tyler Bray, Georgia's Aaron Murray, and Oklahoma's Landry Jones are tabbed as second-round choices, with Florida State's EJ Manuel and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib going in the third round, along with N.C. State's Mike Glennon.
"Personally, I'd be surprised, very surprised, if he's not back here," Swinney said. "But that's not something we're really focusing on. There's a time and a place for that. Right now it's just about trying to finish the season."