NFL COMBINE: Brandon Boykin has fractured right leg

INDIANAPOLIS — Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, who suffered a small fracture in his lower right leg at the Senior Bowl, took his physical exams and will meet with teams at the NFL scouting combine.

He plans to hold his own personal Pro Day in April after he recovers from his injury.

Here are some notes and quotes from Boykin’s interview on Sunday with the media at the combine:

Height: 5-9
Weight: 182
Agent: Kevin Conner, Universal Sports Management (Atlanta).
Training: Athlete’s Performance in Pensacola, Fla.

Q: What all have you done so far?
A:
Yesterday I started off with hospital visits. After that I had a meeting and then went to the train station and interviewed with coaches for about two hours. Woke up this morning and did the urine test, blood test and all that type of stuff. Then more doctor examinations.
Q: What is the key for you at the combine? What do you hope to show the teams?
A:
The key for me is showing my intelligence. Showing my knowledge of the game. Not being able to do everything at this point, that’s all I can really focus on. I can just tell them the things that I’m capable of, but mainly my film work will have to speak for itself.
Q: There were mixed reports on what happened to your leg at the Senior Bowl. Can you clear up those reports?
A:
Yes. I was going down on a punt. I actually got hit in the back. Someone blocked me in the back and my leg came up and got hit on the right side of my leg. I suffered a small fracture in the leg. It was like a crack. I’m already walking on it. I’m expected to have a full recovery within the next month. I’m still deciding on what day I will do my Pro Day. I’m looking at sometime in April.

UGA cornerback Brandon Boykin at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

UGA cornerback Brandon Boykin at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Q: You hope to be running by then?
A:
Yes.
Q: It’s a pretty deep cornerback class. What’s the competition been like at the Senior Bowl and here between a lot the guys?
A:
I got a chance to play with some of the best at the Senior Bowl. Of course there were some juniors who weren’t there. Some of the guys that people consider to be high picks. I feel like, me personally, for the most part that I’m right there in the midst of those top guys. I feel like what I offer is my versatility and the things that I can do on both sides of the ball and special teams. That might give me an advantage that I have that other people don’t.
Q: What type of feedback did you get at the Senior Bowl? What part of your game do you need to work on the most?
A:
They just wanted to see me be more aggressive. They said that on film, with the type of scheme we played, it allowed me to play off a little bit. I wanted to go the Senior Bowl and show how aggressive I can be mainly by playing a lot of press technique and getting into the bigger receivers and trying to jam them. I got a lot of positive feedback from doing that. They told me that I did a pretty good job.
Q: There are several types of NFL defenses. Do you think you fit better in one scheme?
A:
Not necessarily. Honestly, coming from Georgia, I had two defensive coordinators throughout my career. I was able to play in a 4-3 and a 3-4. I had to learn a lot of positions so I feel like I’m pretty versatile and comfortable in both.
Q: Was there anything you weren’t able to do on the field in your four years? Did you want to kick?
A:
Yes, I did. I asked to, honestly. I used to be a punter in high school. I asked if we were ever up by a lot, maybe they would let me pooch kick it or something. But I never got a chance to do that. I never got a chance to throw a pass.

Q: What’s the biggest thing that you’re going to take away from Georgia? A lesson learned? A certain experience? What are you going to carry with you?
A:
Just that you have to hang in there and persevere and be patient. For me personally, after our 2010 season we ended up 6-7, the first losing season in about 10 years. I was considering actually leaving and going to the NFL early, but just after thinking about it and talking to all of my friends and family I decided to come back. It ended up being the best year imaginable for both my team and me personally. We had a 10-win season. Went to the SEC championship game and I won a lot of accolades. It was definitely the most memorable year. I was just trying to encourage my teammates a lot.
Q: What was the breakdown of man/zone that you all played?
A:
I would say about 60/40 man. We played at lot of man. But at the same time, fire zones were a part of our schemes. I can play both.
Q: How can a senior year help a corner?
A:
It helps a lot. Every year of experience helps. Of course you are always learning especially as a defensive back. You can’t get enough fundamental work. For me, I definitely learned a lot this last year. Especially with my fundamentals and my knowledge of the game.
Q: Did you volunteer for extra duty? Did you ask to do the Wild Bird (What did you all call it?) “Wild Dawg”?
A:
At first, initially, it was me [asking] the coaches, ‘Let me do this? Let me try this and that.’ Once we kind of got into the scheme of things and saw that I was being productive and making plays, they started just trying me out in different places and it worked out.
Q: Did you play on all of the special teams, coverage teams?
A:
Every single one throughout my career. In 2008, my freshman year, I didn’t see a lot of time at corner. I mainly was a gunner on the punt team. In 2009, I started. That was my first year starting at corner. Then I was a kickoff returner. My senior year was my first year returning punts.
It just exemplifies a complete player in my opinion. I’m just honored by the fact that I was chosen. Just me being somebody who wants to play every position and be versatile, there is no greater award. The thing that I’m trying to get people to see is that award exemplifies the whole the thing.
Q: Do you know much about him?
A:
Last year, I looked him up because my junior year I was up for the award, but I didn’t win it. I knew that I was capable of [winning] it. I knew a little bit about him.
Q: Who do you compare your game to? Are there any DBs you model you game after?
A:
Charles Woodson is one of the guys that I try to model after. Of course, being from Georgia, Champ Bailey is the standard at Georgia. Everybody wants to be like Champ. A little bit of both of those guys. Me, being able to play offense and defense, I feel like I’m a little bit more of a Champ Bailey type of guy. I’m somebody who can be versatile and play [outside] at corner and inside in nickel. That’s something that you don’t get every day.
Q: Do you have a preference?
A:
I enjoy playing nickel. Honestly, it’s like being at linebacker. It’s something that you don’t get to do as a corner, but I can do both.
Q: Not many guys feel comfortable inside . . .
A:
Absolutely, it’s a tough position to learn and I had to learn it pretty quick. Just my junior year I started to play nickel once we had a new defensive coordinator in coach [Todd] Grantham coming in. I felt like I transitioned pretty well.
Q: What was it like being a leader after the 0-2 start and bad junior year? How did you get your team to rally around you to get [them] to win 10 straight games?
A:
We had a team meeting to put things in perspective for ourselves. . . after that second loss everybody came together and we told ourselves that we were better than what we were putting out there. We started putting in that extra work and things like that. But the team leadership contributed to the turnaround.
Q: Have you had any formal interviews yet?
A:
No. I start those on Monday.
Q: You played offense, defense and special teams at Georgia. Can you do that at the next level?
A:
Absolutely, I feel like I have the most value in the draft. That’s the way that I view being able to do as many things as I can do. I definitely feel that I can be just as productive at the next level.
Q: What makes you so confident that you can do it in the NFL?
A:
Just my confidence in myself. My work ethic. . . where ever I go, I’m going to play my best.
Q: How do you overcome the height concerns?
A:
It’s never been a problem for me in college. I guarded some of the best receivers and some of the people who are making plays today in the NFL like A.J. Green. I went against him every day in practice. That just built up confidence and helped me work on my technique.

Boykin at the Senior Bowl. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Boykin at the Senior Bowl. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Q: What did winning the [Paul] Hornung award mean to you?
A:

Q: From the Senior Bowl, did you sense that the NFL would let you do both (play offense & defense)?
A:
I had some teams ask me would if I would be up for playing a little receiver in the slot and things like that. Whatever a team wants to do with me as far as my versatility, I’ll definitely try to take on the challenge.
Q: I’m from Kansas City. What should the fans of Kansas City expects once Justin [Houston] gets his feet underneath him?
A:
He’ll be one of the most dominant pass rushers in the game without a doubt. His athleticism combined with his size and speed, you just don’t see that every day.
Q: So you can’t do anything here at the combine?
A:
I’m going to wait until my Pro Day. (Georgia’s Pro Day is March 5. He plans to have his own Pro Day April).

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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49 comments Add your comment

Chub Rock

February 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

To the punk kid that blocked Boykin in the back at the Senior Bowl and broke his leg: May your Sundays be spent taking orders in a drive-thru restaurant near your home.

jay

February 26th, 2012
2:36 pm

good luck to a good kid!

robertussen

February 26th, 2012
2:46 pm

i hope we get him in the 3rd

Mark (another one)

February 26th, 2012
3:40 pm

Boykin always comes across as an intelligent person. This is another one of those interviews. Best of luck to him. DGD!

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StevoDeg

February 26th, 2012
4:14 pm

You know, this fractured leg and Boykin’s versatility sounds awfully familiar to what happened to a guy named Hines Ward. Maybe the leg will chase some teams away, then we can grab him!

crabapplejoe

February 26th, 2012
5:48 pm

This is my favorite Brandon Boykin moment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wguMcRQ5nI

1eyedJack

February 26th, 2012
5:53 pm

“We started putting in that extra work and things like that. But the team leadership contributed to the turnaround.”

I hope they put in the extra work and things like that in August this time.

Why does UGA pay Richt $10,000 a day when he's only the 6th best coach in the SEC?

February 26th, 2012
6:57 pm

Maybe he’s intelligent enough to surpass A.J. Green’s Wonderlic score (12), but I doubt it. None of Richt’s dummies are very smart, that’s for sure.

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February 26th, 2012
8:14 pm

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Blackie

February 26th, 2012
8:34 pm

I hope Falcons draft him for our starting nickelback and returner then we can release Owens and afford to let Weems go too to save $.

perk

February 26th, 2012
9:26 pm

the kid can play………..good family too!

thouhtful

February 26th, 2012
9:57 pm

Maybe he will fall back to the Falcons in the 3rd round.

Flo=Ri-Duh

February 26th, 2012
11:39 pm

Hard luck for someone who deserves better and hope he goes in the 2nd round.

Sid

February 26th, 2012
11:46 pm

Heard anything on Ovie?

Sid

February 26th, 2012
11:47 pm

I mean thats great and all to read about a good Georgia player but he will never see the Falcons locker room. We need Ovie.

Columbus

February 27th, 2012
12:48 am

@one-eyed jack….

Often times you dont know where other or additional work is needed, until you play a couple of live games….otherwise it would have been done in the first place. Duh.

Stinger

February 27th, 2012
5:46 am

No one wants a DB that small in the NFL. Can you see this kid try to cover C.Johnson, D. Thomas, or S. Hill ? LOL

Paddy

February 27th, 2012
7:05 am

Stinger……….covering S. Hill should not pose a very big problem.

SawThat1nce

February 27th, 2012
7:51 am

broke leg, I guess that the Falcons will draft him, now

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railman311

February 27th, 2012
8:32 am

@Stinger Nobody covers C Johnson, everyone covers D Thomas and S Hill been there done that! Try again TROLL!!!

boykin

February 27th, 2012
8:55 am

railman: CALVIN VS DAWGS
2004- 5 rec 44 yds 0 TD
2005- 2 rec 14 yds 1 TD
2006- 2 rec 15 yds 0TD

Continue on TECH loser!

jalex49

February 27th, 2012
8:55 am

Wish the guy the best. A class act and very gifted. It would really be something special if Atlanta took this guy, he’s definetly of the character and talent that T.D. and Smitty look for.

Best of luck Brandon and thanks for all you accomplished at Georgia.

Joey

February 27th, 2012
9:02 am

Oh man, tell I didn’t just see where Columbus, of all people, said, “Duh?”

Boykin is just a playmaker. He will continue to make plays, and get paid very well for it.

railman311

February 27th, 2012
9:10 am

@boykin I was referring to C Johnson in the NFL now that he has a real QB he is the best WR In the league, also explain how you think my original post is a pro tech post jack hole?

rm

February 27th, 2012
9:40 am

@ Stinger, the knock on his height holds no weight. The Falcons are about to franchise tag a CB that is 5′8″ in cleats.

TD has no clue!

February 27th, 2012
10:02 am

Don’t worry. If he is available TD will draft him. He likes drafting injury prone players.

Kevin

February 27th, 2012
10:59 am

Injury prone? He’s never had injury problems in his career and I’m pretty sure this instance qualifies as a freak accident. Get you’re facts straight before making a wise comment like that

Oleg

February 27th, 2012
11:08 am

I got a chance to play with some of the best at the Senior Bowl. Of course there were some juniors who weren’t there. Some of the guys that people consider to be high picks. I feel like, me personally, for the most part that I’m right there in the midst of those top guys. I feel like what I offer is my versatility and the things that I can do on both sides of the ball and special teams. That might give me an advantage that I have that other people don’t. Спортивное питание

Good Luck!

February 27th, 2012
11:32 am

surprised he’s only 5′9″. He plays bigger than that.

George Stein

February 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

You forgot all the pass interference calls he drew in those games, boykin.

Terrell

February 27th, 2012
12:13 pm

Ok so this guy is 5′9? Owens is 5′9 so we are going to release a 5′9 CB for a 5′9 NB?

rm, but Grimes has proven he can cover in the NFL.

faithfuldawg86

February 27th, 2012
12:44 pm

To “Why does UGA pay Richt..”: Sounds like sour grapes to me. What’s wrong? You weren’t smart enough to get into UGA? Get lost, Troll.

GTBob

February 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

rm, but Grimes has proven he can cover in the NFL.

Grimes can certainly cover but he still gets burned at times because of his height. An example is the touchdown Jimmy Graham scored in the last Saints game last year. All Brees did was throw it to the height of Graham’s wing span and Grimes didn’t have a chance. Personally, i’m not a fan of short corners but Grimes does well to make up for it most of the time.

doa

February 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

he always gets hurt. how will he compete in the nfl. he won’t.

BiggDawgK

February 27th, 2012
2:42 pm

I haven’t been on the ajc blogs in a week and it only takes a moment to remember why.

BG

February 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

Good luck Boykin.

Good luck Brandon! Go Dawgs!

February 27th, 2012
3:41 pm

This kid has done well at every position they have put him in. Mr. Versatility!
If he drops in draft because of fracture, that will heal 100%, I’d love to see the Falcons pick him up.
Falcons need DB’s as much as OL and DL.

Bird Dawg Country

February 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

Now we know Mr. D-Led is a Kansas City fan!

J'boroJacket

February 27th, 2012
4:49 pm

Its a shame he got hurt especially in the Sr Bowl. Less people are opting to play in them unless they want their stock to rise. Don’t think he needed it, other than people knocking him for his height. He is versatile and that should help him.

Why do all our blogs always degenerate so badly. Sometimes would just like to slap people for being stupid. But I would get tired slapping fans on both sides.

Adawg

February 27th, 2012
6:32 pm

I really hope the Falcons will be able to get him.

IL Jacket

February 27th, 2012
7:37 pm

Good luck to Boykin on his recovery. I hope everything goes well with his healing and he is able to demonstrate his full abilities at his pro day.

IL Jacket

February 27th, 2012
7:39 pm

@railman311, ask the Pittsburgh Steelers about covering D. Thomas.

Coach Duff

February 28th, 2012
2:00 pm

He will bounce back. He has bounce back from injuries before so this will not be a problem. Some NFL team will benefit from his talents. I still don’t see why he can’t play Quarterback !!

Gdawg248

February 28th, 2012
8:28 pm

Actually to all you doubters Boykin was my next door neighbor in the woodlands in Athens the guy is pretty bright for an athlete along with Keith Marshall who won high school academia awards. So no do not put these stupid comments like mark richt’s dumb players. You know nothing til you spend time with one of these guys. Boykin has the heart to excel in everything. He will sure be missed by dawg nation I can personally say he is one of the greatest to leave Athens. Thanks boykin and go dawgs

Judy McClenaghan

February 28th, 2012
10:10 pm

Brandon Boykin made Georgia Football so much fun to watch all his college years. He and his family are amazing and great role models. With his talent and wonderful character, the NFL would be lucky to have this young man on any of its teams. Go Brandon! You and all your success will continue to make BullDog Nation so proud!!!!

Cobra ASU RAM Falcon

February 29th, 2012
9:40 am

Falcons need to draft Cody Fleener, Stanford TE Nick Perry USC, DE Cordy Glenn UGA, OT or Matt Kalil USC OT Mychal Kendricks CAL, LB Stephen Hill GT, WR Dontari Poe Memphis, DT if the falcons can draft at leat 3 of these players we will be in the superbowl

FALCONS please draft one of these running backs

Chris Rainey, RB Florida- great change of pace running back and can catch the ball well and could help out in the return game

LaMichael James, RB Oregon- SPEED great for the screen game can take a 5 yard screen for 80 yards Touchdown.

David Wilson, RB Virginia Tech- can do it all run, catch, and block not as fast 4.4 or 4.5 but can play every down.

Ti Echo

February 29th, 2012
11:27 am

@Brandon Boykin – Just a minor Setback for Huge Comeback; we got you all Prayed up!! You’re truly articulate, smart and a Good- God Gifted/Fearing Athlete – Nothing but the BEST for you kiddo – It’s gonna be great watching you on Sunday and Monday night Football