Miles Boykin tested in the 99th percentile of RAS scores at the combine (size, speed, strength and agility weighed evenly). Essentially, he is pound-for-pound one of the greatest athletes to ever grace the NFL combine.
3rd: Miles Boykin: University of Notre Dame— Jack Griffith (@46Griffith) April 24, 2019
Athletic freak. Excels at getting off press, attacks ball in the air. Posed @MathBomb highest #RAS for any WR this year. https://t.co/3ES7zrXc9o pic.twitter.com/r9X8OY2iYZ
His 4.42 doesn’t seem to be quite unlocked on the field, but he makes contested catches and breaks off routes cleanly at their peak. He has outstanding hands, great body control and is one hell of a blocker. He is nasty, laying out numerous linebackers and defensive backs as an in-line blocker.
He perfectly complements Hollywood to bring the yin and yang, but his 4.42 speed can still take the top off, making them contrasting, yet strangely interchangeable to a degree. This will prevent defenses from knowing what to expect on a play to play basis. The versatility will Boykin and Brown to play at X, Z, or H keeping defenses on their toes.
Boykin’s unanimous weakness at Notre Dame was defeating press coverage. He has all of the tools to, but seemed
\to lack the plan. His contested catch ability allows him to still be quite impressive. He might not release of the line well, but his great footwork to cut off his routes, particularly out routes, gets fantastic separation to create throwing lanes. His massive frame then allows him to wall off defenders and his sticky hands secure the catch. Boykin has some of the best hands in his class, only dropping three passes in 2018.
Miles Boykin would be a tremendous target & fit for the Packers on Day 2— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) April 26, 2019
- Big, athletic receiver lit up combine
- Great friends with EQ, great chemistry with Kizer
From the Irish Gold to the Green & Gold, @MBoykin814 would add a weapon for Aaron Rodgers pic.twitter.com/jF7O3BafSx
This play showed great intelligence in his route. Often receivers slowly decelerate and then make this a jump ball...instead Boykin choose to sprint until the last possible moment, throw on the breaks, turn and use the off arm subtly to make the catch uncontested. pic.twitter.com/dNP4siqsEW— Dynasty Price (@DynastyPrice) April 19, 2019
Miles Boykin - A Thread— Dynasty Price (@DynastyPrice) April 19, 2019
Here is a perfect example of a player that saw a massive increase in perceived value after the combine. Standing at 6’4 220lbs, Boykin ran a 4.42 40, a 6.77 3 cone and nearly a 44 inch vert. On plays like this you can see some of those #’s on display pic.twitter.com/4kTMocGy5q
He is just a fine route runner but he seems to have really mastered running outs. They have him run the often when he is on the outside vs when he is playing from the slot. pic.twitter.com/Tbg5jLYvut— Dynasty Price (@DynastyPrice) April 19, 2019
Boykin does a great job at using his length and high pointing the football and this isn’t even the best example. Overall he has reliable hands and show be able to use that frame to win at the next level. pic.twitter.com/wVYSgsJw1Q— Dynasty Price (@DynastyPrice) April 19, 2019
Boykin is somewhat of an enigma as a prospect. He was only a one-year starter for the Fighting Irish. He also had less than stellar QB play, often being under-thrown on deep balls, but this allowed him to show his ability to adjust to the ball and make plays. He flashes amazing strength as a blocker, but chooses to be more of a finesse player at the line of scrimmage and in his routes. If he uses his strength and length to win hand fights and defeat jams, then he could be an all-world receiver. He checks every box except beating press coverage so far. He’s a developing receiver and Hollywood Brown can certainly show him the ropes at getting off the line of scrimmage. Boykin’s ridiculous agility times suggests the capability to be untouchable at the top of his routes.
The silver lining is that if Boykin develops against the press slowly, he is 6-foot-4 and has a 43.5-inch vertical. That paired with his soft hands makes him always open to an extent. He is very similar to Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles. He isn’t the best YAC receiver, as he turns into a physical runner rather than using his agility to make people miss. He does feature a nice stiff arm with length similar to a defensive end.
Miles Boykin will flash early through training camp, as the Ravens elite press secondary give him good work him over all summer long. If he didn’t struggle with this, he would’ve been a first-round talent. This will be a necessary beating, though, as few teams employ the strategy or ability to press like Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and company. His blocking ability will make him a valuable asset and Greg Roman will lull teams to sleep while staying focused on Lamar Jackson and Hollywood Brown, setting Boykin up to run double moves after bullying corners and safeties in the run game. Boykin is also an extremely good guy, who will be committed to the Baltimore community exemplifying the high morality that the Ravens seek to put forth as a top-tier franchise in the NFL.
Rookie stats— 21 catches, 341 yards, two touchdowns. Boykin will also Moss the Browns rookie DB Greedy Williams, just like he did to Greedy’s teammate, Carolina Panther Donte Jackson to win the 2018 Citrus Bowl.