Bengals Draft 2012: Brandon Boykin Scouting Report

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 3: Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs defends a pass against Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Editor's note: Our own Joe Goodberry has been kind enough to write his own scouting reports on some of the players that the Bengals may be interested in, players he likes in the positions the team needs and players that have been selected by them in mock drafts. We will be posting these periodically through the next few weeks. Enjoy.

Brandon Boykin

CB - PR/KR - Weapon

Georgia

Height: 5090

Weight: 182 lbs.

Arm Length: 31.5"

Strengths

Boykin is a high caliber athlete; rare agility and acceleration to go with great top-end speed. Georgia used Boykin on offense, defense and special teams. On defense, he was at his best inside in nickel where he could match up with the opponents' quick slot receivers. On the outside, Boykin did a lot of off-man coverage where he succeeded due to his quick twitch ability to click and close in a flash. Boykin has the ability to stay with any WR due to his physical abilities and good footwork. He looks comfortable in zone or man. He's a solid, wrap-up, drag-down tackler. Really good ball skills and hands. His experience on offense and as a return man shows when he's quickly judges balls in-flight and gets into position to make a play. Boykin is also a very good return man; good vision and superior athletic ability.

Weaknesses

Size is Boykin's biggest issue; shorter than you'd like in a starting CB, lacks bulk and general strength. Doesn't always get into the physical aspects of the game; picks and chooses his spots to make a tackle. Boykin can be a liability one-on-one in the open field against big running backs; you can't count on him to make the tackle. He can get thrown around and knocked off balance in press situations. Jump balls and bigger receivers obviously also give him trouble.

Return Stats

Year

Kick Returns

Yards

Ret Avg

TD

Punt Returns

Yards

Ret Avg

TD

2008

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

38

988

26.0

3

0

0

0

0

2010

34

825

24.3

1

0

0

0

0

2011

38

850

22.4

0

14

180

12.9

1

Defensive Stats

Year

Tackles

TFL

Sacks

INT

Pass Def

FF

2008

6

0

0

0

0

0

2009

54

2.5

0

3

9

0

2010

44

6.5

1.0

3

6

0

2011

55

11.0

0

3

12

2

Offensive Stats

Year

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rush Avg

Rush TD

Receptions

Rec Yards

Rec Avg

Rec TD

2011

7

103

14.7

1

5

71

14.2

2

Final Analysis

Brandon Boykin is a very naturally gifted athlete. Whether it's on offense, defense or special teams, he's probably the fastest and quickest player on the field. He probably maxes out potentially as a number two CB who can also slide inside and match up well vs. slot WRs. He will add pure athleticism to any team but you may lose some physicality with him as a starter. Creative coaches will even find ways to get him the football on offense. At the very least, Boykin is a nickel CB with elite return abilities. He's one of my favorite prospects in this year's draft. If Boykin was two inches taller and 10 lbs. heavier, I'd have no reservations about taking him in the top-15 picks.

Comparison: Darrent Williams at CB with Dexter McCluster extra abilities.

Draft Projection: Picks 35-55

Video Analysis

The first play from scrimmage appears to be man coverage but Boykin recognizes the play quickly and leaves his WR to make a play in the backfield. Huge play. He laid his body on the line vs. a bigger player.

0:38 - The 2nd play shows Boykin playing the nickel and covering the slot WR. It's a screen to the RB that he diagnoses but Boykin really can't do anything about it as he's easily washed out of the play.

Most of the next few plays show Boykin in the nickel role. You'll see him wrap up and drag down a tackler. Not always a physical tackler, but usually gets it done.

1:08 - Here is a run play towards Boykin's side. He takes the inside and tries to get to the RB before he can cut up-field. The WR blocking him easily seals him off and rides him past the play in the backfield.

The next play is one of the best punt returns you'll find. It starts with his ball skills then shows his big-play ability, vision, agility, acceleration and top-end speed. Very impressive.

1:59 - This is the type of play that makes me believe Boykin can be a full-time starter. It's another run to his side and while he doesn't have to fight through a blocker, he does a great job getting into the backfield before the RB even has the ball. Boykin finishes the play by wrapping up the RB's ankles and bring him down.

2:41 - Great play recognition here. As soon as the Michigan state player came in motion you could tell Boykin knew what was coming. He quickly gets into his blocker's chest and drives him into the path of the ball. He then shows his ball-awareness by reaching back to make sure the RB doesn't complete the catch.

The next two run plays show Boykin's strength and weaknesses as a run defender. He can easily strike and wrap-up the smaller ball-carriers, but the bigger backs are tougher for him.

3:20 - Boykin doesn't stand a chance on this play; one-on-one with a big RB in the flats. I would hate this scenario in the NFL.

3:47 - These are the type of offensive plays that Boykin could do in the NFL. Draws and passes out of the backfield will create mismatches for defenses. Watch the play at 4:18 also. He's a weapon.

4:42 - Boykin covering the slot WR again, but this time the QB just tosses it over his head. Bigger WRs will have the advantage against Boykin, especially if he doesn't see the ball.

This is the perfect game to show Boykin's highs and lows. He can be a very good cover CB and is one of the few college CBs that actually play the nickel role already. His return skills are top-notch and his offensive gadget ability intrigues me. His only downside is his physical limitations.

Skills Breakdown (1-5)

Size

4

Below average height and weight - Solid arm length

Speed

1

Looks like a 4.35 guy - Routinely displays his top speed

Athleticism

1

Agility, Acceleration, Jumping, Special Teams and gadget player on offense

Man Coverage

1

Has every physical tool to be a very good man-cover CB

Zone Coverage

3

Looks comfortable and reads quickly - not great in press zone, cover-2

Vs Run

3

Average only because of size limitations - willing and solid tackler

Ball Skills

2

Can get to almost any ball in his vicinity - speed & ball tracking lead to Pass Def

Experience

1

Three year player in the SEC vs. elite WRs - Practiced against A.J. Green


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