I screamed at the television when the Eagles passed on Georgia CB Brandon Boykin in the third round of last April’s draft. Boykin is an athletic corner who shut down some of the top receiving talent in the SEC throughout his college career and also possesses explosive return abilities. So when the Eagles were able to grab him in the fourth-round, you could imagine my excitement. Apparently, I’m not the only one who is high on Boykin’s potential to immediate contribute in 2012.
Russ Lande of The Sporting News has heard rave reviews about Boykin’s performance so far.
Throughout organized team activities, Boykin displayed the ability to close fast on passes and the ball skills to break them up. Boykin, a former Georgia cornerback, has high-end speed to run with any receiver, which allows him to play at a high level despite his height. Sources tell us Boykin’s performance so far has him entering training camp as the Eagles’ primary kick returner and leading in a battle to be their nickel cornerback.
I don’t know that Joselio Hanson is out of a job just yet, but don’t be surprised in Boykin emerges relatively quick into the season. The guy has a chance to be a true impact player.