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Despite similar speed to Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin brings a complimentary redzone threat

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The Ravens love speed, but the Notre Dame prospect adds an added redzone matchup nightmare.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Northwestern Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Former Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin was Baltimore’s second pick in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. At 6’4, 220, he also provides a compliment to first-round selection Marquise Brown’s quickness.

“I think when you look at it, he might be more of a slot receiver, playing the slot and I’m more of an outside guy,” Boykin said Friday night. “Not to say that we can’t flip-flop or anything like that, but I just think our games play well off of each other.”

Both Brown and Boykin has tremendous speed. Though Brown didn’t participate in the combine, he had numbers that flashed his speed. In his two seasons at Oklahoma, he averaged 18.3 yards per catch and had 17 receiving touchdowns. Boykin, on the other hand, has “redzone target” written all over him.

At his height, he had a 43.5-inch vertical jump at the combine and that makes for a tough matchup issue for corners. His average yards per catch was 15.7 yards. He had a total of 11 touchdowns in his college career.

With Baltimore having Brown to stretch the field, Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Willie Snead to attack the middle, adding Boykin gives them an outside threat who will give them a go-to guy for first downs or the endzone.

“What those guys bring, it’s different packaged, but it’s the same thing, basically and what it is, is speed,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s speed and what Eric [DeCosta] referred to yesterday, was playmaking ability. Those two guys have it many times over. You have a big, fast guy, who’s a powerful guy, who can catch and get upfield with the ball with his stride and stiff arm, and he goes up and makes catches.

“He’s a developing player. He’s kind of a younger, developing player. He’s only really had one year in the offense. Then, you have, like you said, the smaller, faster guy with quick feet that can make people miss in a short area, in a tight area. He can catch and run in crossing routes. But the bottom line is, these are two really fast guys that make plays and that’s what we were looking for.”

The 22-year old wideout led the Fighting Irish with 803 receiving yards on 54 catches and eight touchdowns in 2018. He had at least one touchdown receptions in six straight games and had the longest such streak by a Notre Dame receiver since Will Fuller (2014). Keep in mind that Boykin is a one-year starter and while he does has some work to do, he does have a chance to develop.

Baltimore has Snead, Seth Roberts, Chris Moore, Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott on the roster to go with Boykin and Brown. Considering that Boykin was a third round pick, he’ll get his chance to work on his craft and become the complimentary, jump-ball receiver to Brown that Baltimore hopes he can be.