2016 NFL Draft Prospect: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt

At the risk of this article getting lost in the bowl-preview shuffle, I want to make one thing very clear right away: Tyler Boyd is a legitimate threat to be my #1 wide receiver prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft. Why do I say that? For starters, Tyler Boyd’s debut season in 2013 was one of the most precocious college wide receiver seasons of the decade. Honestly, it would have ranked even higher if there wasn’t an early-career mix up about his age. Then, in 2014, Tyler Boyd was the single most-heavily targeted receiver in college football,1 yet he still accumulated more than 10 yards per target, which is amazing. Basically, everyone in the stadium knew he was going to get the ball, but they couldn’t stop him from gaining first-down yardage every time the ball was thrown in his direction. For perspective, here are the top three names on that leaderboard from 20142
PlayerTarget RateYards / TgtMS YardsAge
Tyler Boyd41.5%10.352.8%20.2
Amari Cooper39.8%10.044.4%20.5
Tyler Lockett37.4%10.240.6%22.3
  1. As a percentage of team targets.  (back)
  2. courtesy of Bill Connelly’s Football Study Hall  (back)

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