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WR, Miles Boykin, Notre Dame

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6'4" 220 lbs ran a 4.42 40 yard dash, had a 43.5 vertical jump, 140 inch broad jump, and 4.07 20 yard shuttle. All of those results indicate and explosive athlete with dynamic playmaking ability.




Boykin grew up in Tinley Park, winning the state Player of the Year award as a senior (65-1,035-15.9, 19 TD) despite missing three games due to injury. He played on the scout team in 2015 before suiting up with the varsity the following year, making six catches for 81 yards (13.5) and a score in 12 games. His sophomore season was, for the most part, uneventful. Boykin did show up in a big way in the team's Citrus Bowl comeback win over LSU, winning MVP honors with three receptions for 102 yards, including a one-handed 55-yard touchdown that sealed the deal. He was the Irish's leading receiver as junior, compiling 59 receptions for 872 yards (14.8 average) and eight touchdowns. His brother, George, had to give up football in high school after he suffered a head injury. Miles changed his jersey number to 81 in high school to honor George.


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Lingering on his tape can cause excessive focus on his inconsistencies and areas of improvement, but projecting his traits with additional coaching makes more sense. Boykin's size, length and athleticism offers exciting potential as an outside receiver with mismatch potential, but he will have to learn how to counter press, improve his routes and become more competitive when the ball is in the air. His size won't matter if he doesn't learn to impose it on others. If that happens, he'll become an eventual starter with a high ceiling.


Rare size and length

Loose hips with long, strides to get on top of cornerbacks quickly

Athleticism and body control to pivot and twist for back shoulder catches

Adequate sink to drop, anchor and present

Meets throws with good arm extension away from his body

Size causes cornerbacks to panic and interfere downfield

High-point will be highest on the field

Tape full of leaping grabs

Traits to become more efficient as intermediate route-runner

Could become very good blocker with more play strength


Hasn't learned to counter press jabs with his hands

Allows press corners to grind on him

Stride length limits burst out of the top of his route

Needs to finish his in-breaking routes

Below-average downfield adjustments

Cornerbacks are allowed to crowd his chest

Needs more aggressiveness and play strength

Catch focus runs hot and cold

Limited yardage after the catch on levels 1 and 2.




Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin had one of was one of the biggest risers from the NFL Scouting Combine. At nearly 6’4, 220 pounds with elite level athleticism (4.42s 40 yard dash, 43.5 inch vertical jump, 140 inch broad jump, and 6.73s three-cone drill), he has more potential than I initially saw on film.


Operating along the boundary with strong hands and possession traits, NFL teams will see a developmental prospect. If they can harness his athleticism, Boykin has the potential of a pro bowl receiver that could be selected in the middle rounds.








Hands - Has the requisite hand strength and catch technique to make acrobatic and contested catches away from his frame. Can attack the football above the rim and from odd angles away from his frame. Guilty of some poor catch technique across the middle of the field but hand strength again helps him here.


Route Running - Developing. Is urgent and effortful in his route stem, but doesn't do well to set up the corner when working his releases and regularly fights through more contact than is necessary or wanted. Too willing to give up the red line on vertical releases and gets worked into the sideline, limiting his throwing window. Ability to snap hips through breaks and get flat to the line of scrimmage on outs particularly impresses -- fluidity through hard redirects creates promise for improved route-running.


Releases - Ineffective in this regard. Has little deception and does not recruit short-area quickness to attack half-man alignments. Hands do not get involved throughout the contact window to clear his shoulder and generate a downfield stack. Snappiness against off coverage generates good short-yardage throwing windows, but does little to manipulate corner's hips.


Tracking - A bit hit or miss in this regard. Effective locating back-shoulder throws when up against the sideline and getting into a strong position to attack the football, but will occasionally let the corner eat him up as he fades too far away from the catch point. Loses effectiveness the deeper down the field he gets, and again, surrenders ideal positioning when straining to find the football.


Catch Radius - Has an NFL catch radius. Regularly elevates to win the football above the rim and has the hand strength and body control to work outside of his frame on crossing routes to fix in accuracy. Ability to dig the football out of the dirt not as well known given route tree. Instinctive catcher across the middle.


RAC - Has a strong physical profile to turn upfield and explode. Not necessarily elusive but has some good toughness to work through contact and pick up some extra yardage. Probably not a candidate for schemed underneath touches but had some solid screen touches with the Irish.


Physicality - Not afraid of contact but must become more willing to bring the fight to corners. Works well through contact when addressing the football. Doesn't get low and drop his hips as you'd like to see in box-out situations when downfield the field, regularly surrendering his chest throughout his route stem and downfield routes. Will meet power with power as a runner or blocker and is highly effective on crackback blocks from the slot.


Blocking - Headhunter when coming across the middle and has laid multiple linebackers out to dry when closing in from the slot. As a stalk blocker brings similar physicality, but doesn't always activate his hands to generate displacement -- can get passive at times and look to screen off defenders instead of engaging them as the aggressor.


Functional Athleticism - Doesn't look the athlete that his testing indicated, but still is clearly an NFL-caliber athlete. Has good separation speed down the field when he gets a free release and can explode off the line to immediately challenge downfield. Fluidity through breaks particularly impresses, clearly has very loose hips despite slightly upright style of play. Strength to withstand contact and elevate in contested situations shines.








WORST TRAIT - Route Running






Miles Boykin is a high-upside receiver given his success in contested catch situations, well-rounded athletic profile, and catch radius. As it stands currently, Boykin is unworthy of an early-round selection, as his route tree is sadly underdeveloped. He must be protected from press coverage given the work required on his releases, and accordingly can offer reps early at a Z or slot alignment.


Ideally, Boykin is a WR3 or 4 at the initial stages of his career, and would benefit from an offense that could restrict his routes to a vertical third. Boykin has the profile to be successful as a punt gunner, and would likely make a roster via those contributions. By Year 2 and 3 however, Boykin certainly has the potential to be a starter, especially in a role that allows him to attack downfield.







The “X” receiver, or “split-end,” will generally align as the furthest receiver away from the tight end, usually on the opposite side of the formation. This means that the X receiver will more often than not be on the line of scrimmage. Aligning on the line of scrimmage means the player isn’t allowed to go in pre-snap motion, which defenses take advantage of by incorporating more press or bracketed coverage against them.


X receivers in the NFL need to be able to defeat press coverage, maintaining a clean frame throughout the contact window. On top of that, almost all of the routes on the vertical plane will be covered by the cornerback, whether in man coverage or as apart of a cover 3 or cover 4 scheme. This requires the X receiver to have the speed to separate along the sideline.


When you think of X receivers, the image should be that of your traditional “number 1” wide receiver. A player gifted with size and strength, who mostly operated along the boundary and was successful down the field. The prime example in recent memory would be Calvin Johnson. In 2019, think Mike Evans.


Here are the wide receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft that I believe project as an X receiver in the NFL:


D.K. Metcalf


Kelvin Harmon


Hakeem Butler


Antoine Wesley


J.J. Arcega-Whiteside


Travis Fulgham


Preston Williams


Miles Boykin


Jamal Custis




I agree with Brad Kelly's assessment that Miles Boykins projects as an X WR in the NFL. Buffalo's current roster badly needs an X WR, so this would be a great fit. I believe Miles Boykins should be a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

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As a big ND fan I have seen him play a lot. He is not dominant but flashes. I think he can continue to get better.


He would be on my radar in the 4th round, and definitely any round after that.


This assumes we didn’t already draft a WR in the early rounds.

Draft a Running Back in the 2nd?  Add another EDGE or Corner?

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As a big ND fan I have seen him play a lot. He is not dominant but flashes. I think he can continue to get better.


He would be on my radar in the 4th round, and definitely any round after that.


This assumes we didn’t already draft a WR in the early rounds.


Agree. Seems like he was scoring TDs and making clutch catches every game this season....until the playoff game when he was shut down. That probably didn’t help his draft stock.

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