Aided by son's insight, Jets coach Rex Ryan made Tajh Boyd his personal pick

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson's Tajh Boyd runs 48-yards by Ohio State defenders for a touchdown during the first quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

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Clemson's Tajh Boyd runs 48-yards by Ohio State defenders for a touchdown during the first quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is a familiar figure at Clemson, either on the job as a scout and talent evaluator, or in the parking lot before Clemson games, tailgating like any other fan or player's parent.

Wearing both hats helped Ryan pull the trigger on quarterback Tajh Boyd as the Jets' sixth-round draft pick, assisted, of course, by a bit of insider information his son, Seth, a walk-on Clemson wide receiver.

Ryan told ESPN that Boyd was his personal pick.

"I think we all know my pick," said Ryan. "I can't lie about that. It's pretty obvious."

"We probably had more insight into his character with my son being there. My son talked about his leadership. He said he was the leader of that program as far as a player is concerned.

"He said that if Tajh called a meeting at 2 a.m., the entire football team would've been there. That speaks about the type of person he is. We're excited to bring Tajh here and let him compete."

The Jets will begin practice for the 2014 season with four quarterbacks on their roster, with Geno Smith and Michael Vick competing for the starting spot, and Tajh competing with Matt Simms for the third spot. Simms is a second-year pro out of Tennessee.

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