He showed dominant cover skills despite his size and was competitive throughout practice.
He displayed outstanding quickness, explosive closing ability and rare recovery speed to deny double moves during the one-on-one period. He has what all great players at his position need: great confidence.
Against Dwight Jones, he slipped after an aggressive jam, got up and still undercut Jones’ comeback route to knock down the pass.
His strong return skills give him even more value as a possible late first-round or early second-round pick.
It likely didn’t hurt that Boykin showed up in-shape and looking the part of a guy whose ready to play hard at the next level. He has already interviewed with several NFL teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, and has been identified as one of the players helping himself a lot with his performance in Mobile thus far.
He is one of four Georgia Bulldogs in attendance this week—Cordy Glenn (OL), Ben Jones (OL), and Drew Butler (P) are the others.
As for Glenn, his size is catching the eye of more than one scout and his weigh-in on day one showcased a guy who is big, but not sloppy. He will need some fine-tuning in order to handle the responsibilities of playing on an NFL offensive line, but scouts see a lot of potential and that is making him a very attractive first-round option for some teams.
Glenn’s former line mate, Ben Jones, however, arrived looking a bit soft around the middle and while he has been impressive in pass protection, there have been some reasons for concern where assisting the run is concerned. Jones doesn’t appear to have the drive needed to knock defenders off the ball and it’s questionable as to whether or not he’s got the body or the strength to be anything more than a reserve at the next level—particularly early on.
Still, though, given the prospects at center this year, Jones still figures to be worth a gamble for many teams and figures to be the first center taken.