Tajh Boyd failed to impress some NFL scouts and bloggers during the opening session of Senior Bowl practice on Monday, as he and fellow North quarterbacks Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech and Stephen Morris of Miami struggled with their passing accuracy.
Boyd, Thomas and Morris are among six quarterback hopefuls working this week for NFL coaches and scouts in Mobile, Ala., along with the South trio of David Carr of Fresno State, David Fales of San Jose State and Jimmy Garopollo of Eastern Illinois.
NFLDraftInsider.com's Dane Brugler gave this assessment of the North's trio:
“Inconsistency from all three quarterbacks on the roster. Miami QB Stephen Morris, Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas and Clemson QB Tajh Boyd were all inconsistent on day one, which was almost expected after the up-and-down senior seasons of all three. Boyd in particular struggled with accuracy and his ball placement is a strong concern. Thomas threw a few pretty passes that hit receivers between the numbers, but other fastballs hit the ground or sailed over his intended target. The good news for this group? The only place to go from here is up.”
Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting concurred:
“It’s clear that Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech possesses all the natural size, arm talent, and flashes of brilliance that scouts desire in a developmental franchise passer. And while he showcased a bit of all of those things on day one, his velocity control and placement on routine throws still plagues him accuracy-wise. Hopefully he can develop, but he could rise like EJ Manuel did a season ago if he improves throughout the week.
“Stephen Morris and Tajh Boyd both struggled on day one, and didn’t help their case to be Top 100 picks. Morris has the live arm, but his placement is consistently erratic, while Boyd’s lack of a big arm affected more than one throw. Expect both to have better performances and (hopefully) more flashes as the week goes on.”
Boyd is being generally pegged as a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
CBSSports.com lists him 10th among quarterback prospects. The website projects Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, UCF's Blake Bortles and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel as likely first-round picks, to be followed in the second round by Fresno State's Carr and Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garopollo, and in the third and fourth by LSU's Zack Mettenberger, San Jose's Fales and Alabama's A.J. McCarron. Boyd, Wyoming's Brett Smith and Georgia's Aaron Murray are projected in the fourth and fifth rounds, with South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Virginia Tech's Thomas as seventh rounders.
Optimum Scouting has Boyd listed 11th on its list, also as a fifth rounder.