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:
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.
Q: You hope to be running by then?
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.
Q: What did winning the [Paul] Hornung award mean to you?
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