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NFL Draft 2014: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd may fall out of third-round in latest projection

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) runs for a touchdown past Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Armani Reeves (26) in the first half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson pulled off an amazing Orange Bowl win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday night and quarterback Tajh Boyd is being praised by Clemson fans everywhere. His night wasn’t perfect but he helped keep his team in a game that they eventually won. But Boyd’s success in the Orange Bowl hasn’t impressed everyone, as CBSSports NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler projects that Boyd will fall out of the top 75 picks come April and the NFL Draft.

It seems harsh to hate on Boyd after he just won the Orange Bowl with his team, but Brugler does point out that a majority of the quarterback’s total yards on the night came on yards after the catch. This means that Boyd’s short passes where made into big plays by not his arm but by his receivers.

This may seem like a not so terrible thing, as Drew Brees has shredded defenses with the short screen pass. But what Brugler is pointing out is that Boyd’s arm strength and accuracy may cause teams to avoid him unless they have a group of capable receivers. There’s a lot of time between now and the draft, and Boyd will no doubt be a name to keep an eye on.

Topics: Clemson Tigers, NFL Draft 2014, Tajh Boyd

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  • Charles Harris

    Brugler obviously hasnt watched too many of Boyd’s games or places way too much emphasis on 1 game-he has a terrific arm-did he not see the laser he threw to Sammy Watkins in stride for the 90+ yard TD pass against Syracuse?

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