SENIOR BOWL: UGA’s Boykin has strong first practice

 

UGA's Brandon Boykin taking a break during Monday's practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

UGA's Brandon Boykin taking a break during Monday's practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

FAIRHOPE, Ala – Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin had a strong first practice for the South team on Monday. 

He drew praise for WashingtonRedskins defensive back coach Raheem Morris (formerly of the Tampa Bay Bucs) after breaking up one pass.

“Nice job Boykin, way to get down hill,” Morris said.

Boykin has interviewed with seven teams already, including the Falcons, Carolina and Philadelphia.

He felt his first day of practice went well.

“I was kind of getting acclimated back in that football shape,” Boykin said. “It was my first time putting the pads on in about a month.”

He had seven to eight interivews already. He’s chatted with the Falcons, Carolina and Philadelphia.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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SirReal

January 24th, 2012
10:14 am

This would be a GREAT pick for the Falcons with the secondary issues we’re having. D Led do you think he’s a 1st rounder? If so, we can forget it.lol

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PMC

January 24th, 2012
10:23 am

Brandon Boykin has everything the Falcons profess they want, talent, versatility, 4 year starter, team captain and he’s local. Probably has about the same vertical as Brent Grimes. He should absolutely be a target, I just am unsure of the round at which he will go.

honest_abe

January 24th, 2012
10:23 am

boykin isn’t a 1st rounder on anyone’s mock. he’ll be lucky if he gets drafted in the 3rd. if the falcons can land him i think he’ll be a solid pick up. not the greatest cover guy, but he’s ok. very good tackler and return guy.

7576DAWG

January 24th, 2012
10:25 am

More than Boykin are going to find out that Grantham will have you ready to play in the NFL.

Sid

January 24th, 2012
10:32 am

SirReal

January 24th, 2012
10:14 am
This would be a GREAT pick for the Falcons with the secondary issues we’re having. D Led do you think he’s a 1st rounder? If so, we can forget it.lol
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I read 2nd or possibly 3rd round.

Sid

January 24th, 2012
10:34 am

Hey Dled, are you paid by the number of lines.

“Boykin has interviewed with seven teams already, including the Falcons, Carolina and Philadelphia.”

“He had seven to eight interivews already. He’s chatted with the Falcons, Carolina and Philadelphia”.

Eisendawg

January 24th, 2012
10:35 am

Not sure about the round, but from his bio, he looks like a “player” to me:

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/boykin_brandon02.html

JB

January 24th, 2012
10:40 am

This state has enough Boykins to fill up our secondary at UGA. Why we get 1 in a blue moon is beyond me. Got 9 spots we can’t fill now. Maybe our band has some players.

Douglas

January 24th, 2012
10:47 am

I think he will do well. Wasn’t he the fastest or next to fastest player on the team last year?

nash

January 24th, 2012
10:49 am

The falcons need a nickle guy more than anything. They have enough corners that can play on the outside aside from Dante who seems to have a hard time playing anywhere outside of safety

GTBob

January 24th, 2012
10:54 am

Brandon Boykin has everything the Falcons profess they want

Do the Falcons really need another undersized CB?

Fidlin1

January 24th, 2012
11:00 am

We’ll miss you between the hedges and we’d love to see you in the Dome on Sundays Brandon. Where ever you go you’ll give it all you got and that’ll be too much for most your competition. Best of luck.

Fred

January 24th, 2012
11:02 am

If thats all the falcons want PMC..we in trouble..

Ripcord

January 24th, 2012
11:03 am

Sid, get a life.

PMC

January 24th, 2012
11:07 am

Of course he isn’t “all” they want. This is the type of player they like, yes he’s short and that’s why he’s not going to go very early. He would fit VERY well as a nickle CB I think because he’s a very good tackler. The Falcons like college players with lots of experience who are coachable and versatile. Go look at his HS basketball footage to see whether or not his height is really an issue. The guy is an excellent football player and is extremely athletic.

The 1st two picks anyway are likely going to be on the line of scrimmage unless serious moves are made in FA. They’ll only get Boykin if he’s there in the 5th or if they take him in the 3rd.

GTT

January 24th, 2012
11:11 am

I wonder how many teams he has interviewed with.

D'ville Phil

January 24th, 2012
11:14 am

Boykin would be a good 3rd round pick but I don’t want him in the 2nd. Falcons need O-Line moreso than cornerback. Mike Nolan’s superior scheming will mean the corners and safeties won’t have to cover the receivers as long as they did in Mike Smith/BVG schemes.

And whoever said Brandon Boykin is a good tackler is talking out of his butt. Boykin is horrible tackler.

GADawg92

January 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Boykin could do well in a Tampa 2 style defense on the outside. Ronde Barber needs to be replaced in Tampa. That could be a nice fit for him. Always great to see local talent with the Falcons though.

SirReal

January 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

@Sid WOW….if he falls that far we HAVE to pick him up.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

@DOL

Did he interview with any teams?

BigTimeTECHFan

January 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

Just kidding?
who else is showing well at senior bowl

Pat

January 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

Did he interview with the Falcons, Carolina and Philadelphia?

UGA dawg

January 24th, 2012
12:43 pm

@Dville phil, “Boykin is a horrible tackler.”

you must not have watched the bowl game. his “horrible tackling” got us the first 2 points of the ballgame.

SawThat1nce

January 24th, 2012
12:50 pm

Yeah, but is he a Character guy, or Football Marauder? ha ha

SawThat1nce

January 24th, 2012
12:51 pm

Pat, yeah he did, twice.

BG

January 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

Boykin will do very well in the NFL. I hope the Falcons draft him.

baker bulldog

January 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

i’m not a rhodes scholar, but wow- yet another article filled with grammatical errors, great idea- print your articles and have a 6th grade english class review them for errors,

i’m not a rhodes scholar, but wow- yet another article filled with grammatical errors, great idea- print out your articles and have a 6th grade english class review them for errors,

Marcus

January 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

I dont have the UGA bias one way or the other, but II would like Boykin to fit an area of need, esp. if Grimes isn’t retained.

Carz

January 24th, 2012
1:12 pm

I’d like to have Boykin on the Falcons and I bet he’d love to play near his home town. Just as long as the Falcons keep Brent Grimes. The only people who should want Grimes gone are Brees, Newton, and Freeman. The project that was Brent Grimes in now a top flight talent. Probably the Falcons best defensive position player. Open your eyes, and checkbook, Falcons brass.

Dawgs2012

January 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

Boykin is probably gonna be drafted in the fifth of sixth round. If his stock rises..look for as high as the 3rd round…but more likely..fourth. The falcons need to focus there attention to the oline in the 2nd round..and look for a tight end later on in the draft..for Tony to mentor. hopefully we can find a diamond in the rough. Michael Turner will have another excellent year next season, but how many after that? Koetter needs to use Jacq Rodgers** with the screen passes , and get him more in the offense, and also we should see what Snelling is made of with a full football season. Flip Turner ( as much as i hate to say that) and possibly get some extra picks..second and a third? while his stock is still high. and that way we can get some young talent where our weakness is..secondary..and OLINE, and like i said, a backup TE would be nice( if its worth it). At that point the falcons could look at drafting Brandon Boykin and use him right off the bat on special teams..and let mike nolan develop him as a player. than the falcons could get a veteran backup running back in FA on the low low ( like what ricky williams did for the ravens and how he complimented ray rice) or look at someone like lamichael james in the 4 or 5th round ( crazy how thats where he is projected..and hes definetly gonna be a better NFL player than lagerrate blount at TB)..but that is only if they flip Turner for extra picks. but i dont think tommy boy has the webbooosssss..to do anything like that

Dawgs2012

January 24th, 2012
1:41 pm

still have hope in ray edwards..but lets go ahead and cut our losses with DUNTA. .or get him off the books and trade him for a 6th or 7th. or is he our next designated team mentor?

1eyedJack

January 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

He can return kicks. That will allow the Falcons to get rid of Weems.

Brian

January 24th, 2012
1:54 pm

Dawgs2012 – if you’re right about the round , then everyone on NFL Network and ESPN are morons. Boykin will go 3 and could work his way to 2 with a great combine (which he’ll have). Everyone needs corners, but look for the Pats, Steelers and Broncos to be the most interested, IMO.

Whopper Dawg

January 24th, 2012
1:55 pm

I just realized that there is a huge positive from TD’s idiotic trade for Jones. The Falcons don’t have a no 1 pick this year, so we are spared Ledbetter’s moronic projections of who they would take in the first round. I have a smile on my face.

Falcon Jonk

January 24th, 2012
1:59 pm

No way that falcons will have chance to get Brandon Boykin unless they have to trade him up like Julio.

Cornerback Smurf

January 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

Nobody else in the NFL wants Grimes and we’ve got morons on here talking about he’s our best defensive position player. I would beg to differ and offer up Weatherspoon for that honor. Anyone else??

masivatack

January 24th, 2012
2:02 pm

“he’ll be lucky if he gets drafted in the 3rd.”

The team that drafts him will be lucky

Cornerback Smurf

January 24th, 2012
2:03 pm

Boykin will not last past the 3rd round and may not last past the 2nd….book it!

Left Coast Dawg

January 24th, 2012
2:06 pm

One Scout’s view of Boykin from (Oct 2011):

This is our Brandon Boykin Scouting report. For all of our other scouting reports go to our scouting report page.
Positives:
+ Loose man coverage- as long as he isn’t asked to jam a receiver off the line, he can cover anyone
+ Athleticism- sub 4.4 40, loose hips, phenomenal athlete that won dunk contest in high school (and he’s 5’10)
+ Production- rarely allows catches
+ Ball skills- above average hands
+ Character- plays with on field intensity, clearly has worked hard to gain a knowledge of the game
+ Pretty good kick returner
Negatives:
- Size- 5’10 180lbs, and I love corners with size
- Strength- can’t jam the release of a wide receiver, not a great tackler
- Poor run stopper- don’t get me wrong, he’s a willing run stopper, and he has solid instincts, but his lack of size and strength makes him awful at tackling a running back, and he can’t shed blocks either
- Has to play in the right scheme- if he isn’t playing loose man, he will fail
Georgia senior cornerback Brandon Boykin is one of the most productive corners in the FBS. He always dominates in coverage, but his lack of strength could really hurt him in the NFL.
Boykin has good speed, but poor size. He is incredibly fast, but at 5’10 180lbs, he is about as small as any corner I have ever scouted. He has good recovery speed and he accelerates quickly, but his lack of size really hurts him in coverage.
Boykin is a phenomenal athlete. He’s a fluid athlete with loose hips, quick feet, and unbelievable leaping ability. He has the speed and athleticism to cover any player, and he uses those gifts to also be one of the best kick and punt returners in the FBS. Boykin’s athleticism is the main reason he’s a draft prospect.
Boykin seems to have good character. He has no off the field issues to my knowledge, and he plays the game with excellent on field intensity. He also has worked hard to learn about the game. His intangibles don’t seem to be anything to worry about.
Boykin has mediocre stats, but they are misleading. He has awful tackle numbers, but that’s largely because he never allows catches and doesn’t have many receivers to tackle. However, he has not been a productive run stopper. He has been a starter since sophomore year, and he has always been getting a fair amount of interceptions since he has been a starter, but his lack of tackles are a reason for concern.
Boykin has solid ball skills. He has good hands, and he accelerates quickly enough to get a great break on the ball. He is also always in position to make a play on the ball. However, his short arms make it difficult for his to deflect some passes. His ball skills aren’t a reason for concern.
Boykin’s biggest issue is his lack of strength. Even for a guy as small as he is, his strength is awful. He can’t be trusted in press man coverage, and he has always struggled to jam the routes of wide receivers and get into position in zone coverage. He plays hard, but his lack of strength hurts so many aspects of his game.
Boykin is an awful run stopper. He plays hard, and he has good instincts, but he lacks strength, and his short arms makes it almost impossible for him to even wrap his arms around bigger running backs. He is a poor tackler, and he is very poor at shedding off blocks.
Ultimately, in the right scheme, Boykin is a pro bowler. He is truly unbeatable in loose man coverage, but unless he goes to a team that will use his limited skill set, his talent will be a waste (well, he’ll still return kicks). If a coach is willing to use him exclusively in loose man coverage, he’ll be a great player. I’m not huge on him, because I still love corners with size, but he can still be a good player (who is destined to play for the Falcons).
NFL Comparison: Pacman Jones without character issues.
Grade: 81 (deserves to be a late second round pick)
Projection: 78 (will be an early third round pick

Dawgs2012

January 24th, 2012
2:08 pm

Brian- i could get paid to do what mel kiper does, and i could for sure get paid to do what DLED does.

Buckeye

January 24th, 2012
2:31 pm

Boykin comes across as a “me” as in MeAngelo kind of guy – that’s what I see. Talent – unquestionable. Punk factor – high.

Mediocrity continues...

January 24th, 2012
2:36 pm

So let me get this straight, who all interviewed him already?

AfterTheFall

January 24th, 2012
2:53 pm

Why do we alway fall for the short corners? Nothing against Boykins, but he’s 5′10. We need to look at guys who are 6′2-6′4 who have the speed and the toughness to want to play defense like a Woodson or like the corners in Texas. Let’s stop foaming at the mouth for the “Grimes” like corners. And what’s wrong with a wish list, which can keep up with an AJ Green or a Calvin Johnson and the rest of the NFL best?

BvgNeedsaHaircut

January 24th, 2012
2:54 pm

Ledbetter,

Do you ever proof read anything you write? It’s painful to read some of articles published on here.

robertussen

January 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

i’ve been sayin we should grab him in the 2nd or 3rd for months. i also like ryan steed out of furman in the 5th or 6th.

AfterTheFall

January 24th, 2012
3:06 pm

Here’s a thought; what if the Colts let Payton go and he’s free to come to any team? I think he’d be a good choice for the Falcons as a backup to Ryan. He’ll probably be 3rd string, with the intention of getting the needed time to completely heal. Then, next year-when Ryan unfurls, Peyton can work his way from 3rd string to 2nd string, then eventually become our starting quarterback with a few vintage years to play. Meanwhile, we’ll ship Patty Melt to a team and get a young strong arm quarterback-who will sit under Payton. What do you’ll think? All comments welcome. There is no silly questions in my book.

Ichabod

January 24th, 2012
3:15 pm

@Left Coast. Thanks for getting some hard data from a scouting report. Looks like he makes a great basketball player, but wonder about jamming or tackling a TE or 250 # RBs. But if he looks athletic, TD will be hunting him down regardless of his size.

T. Dungy says the SB will be decided by the pass rush, and that is one of our big needs. He also mentions NE’s tight ends. This is interesting as TE depth is about where Ryan throws. I hope TD only sees info on big players, big hands, long reach, and mobile. Enough of the undersized ones.

Mediocrity continues...

January 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

AftertheFall, will you please not post on here anymore? Seriously…

hammerhead

January 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

Love Boykin – hope like hell he’s gone before the Falcons get a shot… Don’t want to see him fartin’ around with that organization.