Eagles Rookie Draft Pick Brandon Boykin: A Special Cornerback?

June 2, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I'm usually a proponent of taller corners although they generally lack the re-directional fluidity of the smaller quicker types. And of course, it's all relative to the scheme. Regardless, Boykin is a unique kind of athletic freak who slipped in the draft because of his size and rumors of off-the-field issues.
Despite being 5'9", Boykin measures up with the best of them when factoring for his athleticism. His long arms and 36 inch vertical leap (rumored as high as 40") will more than supplement the few inches he gives up to the average corner. And his proportionally abnormal 10-inch hands make him a dangerous ball-hawk.
He's just not your typical 5'9" corner.
I say DRC should watch his back. Boykin could be one of the best steals of the 2012 draft. More likely, he will challenge Joselio Hanson for the nickel spot and could provide a spark in the return game.
I don't mean to build him up so high too soon—he's a rookie with some red flags. And Bo...

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