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Tajh Boyd

Report Prepared By John Harris

Breakdown:

#10
Class: Senior
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 225 lbs.
School: Clemson
Bio:
  • Second-team All-ACC (2013)
  • ACC Player of the Year (2012)
  • First-team All-American (2012)
  • First-team All-ACC (2011, 2012)
  • Finished his career with 11,904 passing yards and 107 passing TDs
  • 2014 Orange Bowl - threw for 378 yards, five TDs, ran for 127 yards and a TD

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Boyd accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile

Pros

  • Dual threat Quarterback.
  • Gifted and big runner with great vision and better than average foot speed.
  • Athletic and able to escape the pass rushers as well break tackles and make defenders miss at the first and second level.
  • Very good footwork and rhythm on his pass drops.
  • Accurate passer on go's, posts, seams, and wheel routes within 40 yards.
  • Recognizes blitzes and hitting quick hot throws.
  • Tough competitor who can run the ball between the tackles and take hits on runs and passes.
  • Throws accurately on the run, especially rolling to his right.
  • Excels on pass plays when facing man to man coverage.

Cons

  • Low release coupled with only being 6'1" results in inaccurate throws, as well as batted down passes by defensive linemen.
  • Average arm strength, do not see him driving throws down field.
  • Inconsistent ball placement, receivers often have to adjust or reach to catch passes.
  • Does not throw with anticipation before receivers are breaking out their routes against zone coverages.
  • Not great pocket presence, will take off to run too soon against the pass rush.
  • Played in an offense that relied heavily on the quick wide receiver screens and quarterback runs.
  • Struggles throwing on the run rolling to his left.
  • Do not see him scanning defenses and going through a multiple receiver progression.
  • Uncertain whether he could win games from the pocket.
  • Needs to have better situational awareness such as taking care of the football in the red zone, not holding onto the football passing from his own end zone, and taking care of the football in the 4-minute offense to seal the victory at the end of the game.

Film Room

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:22 QB power run in between tackles for a 48 yard TD run.
1:20 Nice seam throw reads free safety and hits for a TD.
1:29 Ill-advised decision holding onto the ball too long in the end zone, resulting in a safety from an intentional grounding.
2:28 Hangs in and delivers versus blitz.
2:54 Late on Sprint out throw, then makes a poor decision trying to float football over Linebacker resulting in a costly interception in the red zone.
3:34 Recognizes Cornerback Blitz and beats it with quick hitch throw.
4:59 Low release, pass gets batted down at the line of scrimmage.
7:23 Big throw rolling to his right, hits Sammy Watkins for a TD.
10:16 Just a poor throw misses on an open quick hitch resulting in an Interception which could have changed the result of the game.

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:01 Good footwork and rhythm throw to start game.
1:37 Trying to make a play under duress fumbles which gets run back for a Touchdown.
2:08 Low release throws pass into the ground.
2:54 Recognizes Cornerback Blitz wide receiver runs the wrong route.
3:32 Hangs in against the blitz hits slant for a Touchdown.
4:40 Poor read and decision against a bailing corner should have hit open flat route. 
4:49 Bounces back next play to make a great throw against man coverage.
5:41 Low release throws incomplete again.
6:35 Shows great running ability and vision on Quarterback Draw.
8:54 Poor read and throw into double coverage for an INT.
9:51 Has protection and time in the pocket, pulls the ball down to run too soon and takes a sack.

Report

In the Orange Bowl against Ohio State, Boyd's dual threat capability was on full display as he made big plays running the ball as well as throwing ball.  However, he also made several costly mistakes from an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone resulting in a safety, to an interception in the red zone negating a scoring opportunity, as well as another bad interception late in the game.  Fortunately for Clemson, Ohio State could not capitalize on some of those mistakes allowing Clemson to go on to win.  It was troubling to see Boyd make these mistakes as a Senior quarterback which could have easily cost Clemson the game.  These types of mistakes will be difficult to overcome and still win ball games as a quarterback in the National Football League.  Having said that, Boyd still had a big night to end his career, and made big plays when his team needed them against a top notch opponent.

 

In the Florida State game, Boyd had maybe his worst game of his college career in prime time against the eventual National Champions.  It was not all of his fault because they were playing catch up all night and Clemson's defense could do little to stop Jameis Winston.  However, he showed that he may have some difficulty as a quarterback having to beat teams from the pocket.  Florida State managed to keep Boyd contained on QB runs, keeping the Clemson offense in to many long yardage situations all night forcing Boyd to have to make deeper passes down field.  Due to his average arm strength Boyd had difficulty driving throws down field and these passes were often contested by Florida State defenders two of which were intercepted.  In all fairness, this was against arguably the best defense in the country but it exposed Boyd's inability to drive deep passes down field.

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