Earlier this month, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd raised some doubt as to whether or not he’d enter the 2013 NFL Draft his April. After some consideration, Boyd has announced that he will return to Clemson for his senior season in an attempt to boost his draft stock and make a run at winning a Heisman Trophy.
Really, this is the best move Boyd could have made. Had he entered the draft, scouts were projecting him as a late second to early third round choice at best. Boyd said he was committed to trying to help bring an ACC title to Clemson and win a Heisman Trophy, and it would have taken a premium projection to get him to bolt.
That projection never came, so Boyd is returning.
With the success of Russell Wilson this season, many thought that Boyd might have a chance to beat the stereotype that short quarterbacks can’t be elite in the NFL. Wilson is preparing to play the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Playoffs, but that has nothing to do with Boyd. Thankfully, Boyd realized this and decided that playing his senior season really can’t hurt his stock.
Obviously it can hurt his stock, but logic suggests that if he can build on the season he had this year with the Tigers, not only is an ACC title possible but a Heisman isn’t out of reach either.