From now until the 2019 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked players. If there is a player you would like us to analyze, let us know in the comments below.
#2 Kris Boyd / CB Texas – 6’0” 201
- Lots of starting experience and played on both sides of the field
- 35 pass break ups in his career
- Good route awareness in Zone and on screens to his side
- Competitive to play the ball through the entire play
- Good in run support and physical player
- Hips are tight and slow to transition
- Backpedal is adequate and allows WR’s to eat up space quickly
- Gets on his heels and off balance limiting his COD quickness
- Doesn’t have an extra gear to catch up with receivers
- Very grabby when threatened and struggled with penalties
- Late getting his head around; only 3 INTs in his college career
- Leaves too much space in off man coverage
- Career – 172 tackles, 127 solo, 6.5 TFL, 1 sack, 3 INT for 70 yards, 35 PBU, 2 FR, 3 FF, 18 KR for 399 yards
- 2018 – 54 tackles, 39 solo, 4.5 TFL, 1 sack, 15 PBU (Lead Big 12 in PBU)
- Started 33 of 51 games
- 2018 First Team All-Big 12
- High school standout track and field performer
- Member of the 4×200-meter relay unit which set the Texas record (1:25.49) at the 2015 UIL 4A state meet and also runner-up in the 100 meters (10.58w) at that meet
- Brother Demarco is a linebacker at the University of Texas
- Cousin, Curtis Brown, was an All-Big 12 defensive back at Texas (2007-10) who played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2011-13)
- Cousin, Bobby Taylor, spent 10 seasons in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-2003; Seattle Seahawks, 2004)
- Majoring in Youth & Community Studies
Kris Boyd (#2) has good size and timed speed (4.5 Combine) with a lot of experience as a starter in the offense dominated Big 12 conference which has a ton of receivers in the 2019 draft.
He has played on both the left and right side and was used primarily in off Man, Press bail and Zone coverage and occasionally asked to jam in Press at the LOS. At the LOS he did a nice job to jam the receiver and force him to the outside and has the speed to run with most. When playing off the LOS is when the tightness in his hips shows up. He can get manipulated by quicker players that will get him to move laterally or get him on his heels hence he becomes off balance hurting his COD. In Off Man, he stays in his pedal to long allowing receivers to eat up the space and get the advantage on him leaving him to chase them down the field and he gets very grabby when he’s beat and isn’t subtle about it. He struggles to get his head around to combat the ball in the air but does a nice job to play the receiver through the entire play and get his hand in late to knock the ball loose. In Zone he shows good awareness of routes, passes them off well and reacts well to plays in front of him.
Vs Texas Tech in Zone he makes an effort to re-route the WR and then reads the QB to get back and break up the pass.
Vs West Virginia he’s outside to the left on David Sills (#13). This isn’t pretty and probably should have been DPI but he battles to get a hand in to ensure no catch
Vs West Virginia against Sills who gets inside of Boyd on the go route and has a chance to make the catch but a savvy move at the end to pull the right arm out to prevent the completion.
Vs Iowa State tight at the LOS vs Hakeem Butler (#18). He’s in pretty good position running in phase with Butler. At one point he reaches in and grabs Butler’s pads under his chin and although he gets a hand in he can’t elevate to win the rep.
Vs Oklahoma at the LOS vs Marquise Brown (#5). Brown accelerates, then throttles down about 5 yards out, jams to the outside and gets Boyd facing the wrong way creating lots of space. Eventually Boyd makes the tackle by the facemask.
Vs Oklahoma in off coverage the route looks like it’s going to be a post corner. The WR get Boyd to commit to the inside move and when he cuts back outside Boyd sticks out his arm to corral him and draw the flag.
Vs Oklahoma on a fade route to the corner. Good route and throw that has Boyd beat but he slaps a hand in late to knock it away.
He’s very good in run support willing to play physically and get in the pile much more than most DB’s. He is a good tackler able to get his man down but needs to improve his angles on the outside. He’ll attack tight to the scrum leaving the outside open forcing him to drag runners down by their arms or jerseys .
Vs Texas Tech he’s in Zone coverage when a receiver comes across the field with the ball and makes a nice physical tackle.
Vs Texas Tech he comes up to help on an outside run. Ideally you’d like his angle to be a little wider but he’s able to chase down the runner and make the tackle.
Vs Georgia he coming on a corner blitz when the runner comes his way. He breaks down and the RB tries to get to the outside but he’s able to drag him down by the arm.
Boyd has the size, speed and physicality you’d like to have but he has limitations to his game that make him more scheme specific than other DB’s. He’s more suited for a Zone heavy system to let him react to the patterns and attack in front of him and he can be used in press Man to challenge at the LOS. The tightness in his hips, COD skills and grabby tendencies don’t make him ideal for a Man coverage scheme. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a move to safety at some point. Should be able to help on special teams right away and compete for the #3/4 DB spot.
Projection: Early day 3
Games Watched: 2017 – Vs Texas Tech; 2018 – Vs West Virginia, Vs Iowa State, Vs Oklahoma, Vs Georgia