Boykin could have instant impact for Birds
It’s highly unlikely Eagles' fourth-round selection Brandon Boykin will surpass Pro Bowlers Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the depth chart in his rookie season, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have an instant impact.
Boykin, a 5-foot-9, 182-pound cornerback out of Georgia, has impressed at off-season workouts and could see significant playing time as a result. The Sporting News
, which listed the 21-year-old as one of 10 rookies with the most potential drafted in the fourth round or later, has pinned Boykin as the primary kick returner and early favorite to be the starting nickel cornerback this season.
“Throughout organized team activities, Boykin displayed the ability to close fast on passes and the ball skills to break them up,” the article reads. “Boykin, a former Georgia cornerback, has high-end speed to run with any receiver, which allows him to play at a high level despite his height.”
In his four-year career with the Bulldogs, Boykin returned four kicks and one punt for touchdowns. He also pulled in nine interceptions in his last three seasons.
One of his most impressive performances came in his final collegiate game. Though Georgia lost, 33-30, to Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, Boykin was named the game’s MVP for catching a touchdown, returning a punt for a touchdown and recording a safety.
Jeremy Lane, a sixth-round pick for the Seahawks, was the only other defensive back on the 10-player list.