Boyd has a lot to weigh in NFL draft decision

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd celebrates a 25-24 win over LSU with teammates at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd celebrates a 25-24 win over LSU with teammates at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

The wait is almost over for one of the bigger question marks surrounding the 2013 season.

Clemson junior quarterback Tajh Boyd is expected to announce if he’s declaring for the NFL draft at a 2:30 p.m. ET press conference in the WestZone. He first announced it via Twitter on Tuesday night, which was confirmed this morning.

His father, Tim Boyd, told the Post & Courier last week his son could be a “top 60” selection, improved from a grade around the third round from the NFL draft advisory board.

Just one draft-eligible quarterback has entered the fray early before the Jan. 15 deadline, in Tennessee's Tyler Bray, after five did so last season. Most-notable of returning gunslingers is Georgia's Aaron Murray for next season’s opener in Death Valley.

Five senior quarterbacks are projected first-round picks by either ESPN or CBS, and CBS has ten in the first-to-third round range overall.

In 2012, four quarterbacks were selected in the first round (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden), one in the second (Brock Osweiler), two in the third (Russell Wilson, Nick Foles) and one in fourth (Kirk Cousins).

The difference in money by round could certainly be a factor.

Last year, Cleveland Browns late first-round pick Brandon Weeden’s contract included a $4.3 million signing bonus, the guaranteed monetary aspect of a contract in the NFL.

In the second round, Denver Broncos selection Brock Osweiler pulled $997,584, and in the third, Seattle’s Russell Wilson negotiated $619,000 and Philadelphia’s Nick Foles, $543,520

Boyd’s decision may or may not be contingent on fellow junior DeAndre Hopkins’ decision.

With “Nuk” potentially back in the fold, Clemson returns 74.7 of its receiving yards, but without, 41.1. Hopkins also made up 45 percent of the reception scores by himself this season.

But sans Hopkins, a senior signal-caller Boyd would still have three of his top-five reception leaders in Sammy Watkins, Adam Humphries and Charone Peake.

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ManTiger writes:

Look at what is happening to Tee bow. I think Boyd should get his education and improve his throwing accuracy. Looks like NFL teams are not interested in a running QB. Tee bow runs better than he throws. He does throw pretty good but not good enough to play consistantly. I think Boyd is similar at this point. But T is still a rich bench sitter and that is not a bad thing

Bigboots writes:

Chad Kelly, are you ready to walk the walk?
Get loose.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to ManTiger:

Look at what is happening to Tee bow. I think Boyd should get his education and improve his throwing accuracy. Looks like NFL teams are not interested in a running QB. Tee bow runs better than he throws. He does throw pretty good but not good enough to play consistantly. I think Boyd is similar at this point. But T is still a rich bench sitter and that is not a bad thing

Tebow is a horrible passer. Mark Schlereth said on the radio that he watched a Broncos practice last year and he wanted to ask Tebow if he was sure that he's left-handed. Tajh Boyd is a much better passer than Tebow. He can make throws down the field. The main questions about Boyd will be his height and can he master a full NFL playbook (remember that he had to stay through the summer when Morris was hired b/c he struggled learning the offense). It helps him that Russell Wilson is having huge success. That could make some teams think twice before passing over a shorter QB. Another year in school isn't going to make him any taller so why not go? It also helps him that this QB class is awful.

lhaselden writes:

I think Boyd will show better at the combine than Bray or Glennon. Maybe not first round but at least a second round pick.... Next year with Murray, McCarron and maybe Johnny Heisman and other he may be 3rd round pick....
He should go... However, I will be very happy if he stays.

Xander5000 writes:

Whatever he decides I wish Boyd the best whether he is 1st Rd, 2nd Rd or 3rd. Aaron Murray is staying at Georgia and I don't think he is all that. He is good and he has faced tougher defenses but he is not all that. Having said that I would think it would be an epic match-up when Georgia faces Clemson.......Aaron Murray vs. Tajh Boyd......if Boyd stays.

waran writes:

Aaron Murray vs Chad Kelly and his WR? I still pick Clemson, with or without Boyd in the 2013 opener? I still pick Clemson.

I am not biased because I studied at Clemson!

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