Miles Boykin 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Profile Scouting Report
Now that we have actual athleticism data for the primary NFL Draft prospects, it is easier to start ranking players and prioritizing their acquisition in dynasty fantasy football. In general, I like the context that the NFL Scouting Combine offers for evaluating prospects. Miles Boykin is a great example of a player who was not on the forefront of our consciousness but was so good at the combine that he has earned the respect of a prospect profile.
Miles Boykin College Career
As you can see from his college stats, Boykin does not have a tremendous sample of collegiate production for us to draw upon. He redshirted his freshmen year and barely played as a redshirt freshmen with only six receptions and one kick return for -2 yards. As with every prospect who redshirts, it is a concern that he did not immediately impact his college team. He will be playing his first year of NFL football at 23 which, again, is not ideal.
Boykin played a bit more as a sophomore and was far behind future Green Bay Packer Equanimeous St. Brown in the pecking order. His 12 receptions were 7th on his own team in terms of total receptions though due to the way Notre Dame plays football (like it is 1984), his two touchdown receptions were actually tied for third on the team.
Where Boykin finally became an NFL product was his redshirt junior year at Notre Dame. He led the 4th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. The team switched between Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book at starting quarterback and ran the ball 41.1 times per game compared to only 32.2 times per game. His 2018 season was good enough to post a 30.2% Dominator Rating which would indicate a draftable grade. Most research has found that a prospects final season has the greatest predictive value of their future success though I think a lot of that is tied into the fact that final seasons also influence draft spot the most and draft equity is the best future predictor of success.
Boykin’s 872 yards, eight touchdowns, and 59 receptions were almost directly analogous to St. Brown’s 2016 season where he caught 58 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns. These are not eye-popping numbers like Will Fuller’s 2015 at Notre Dame (62 catches, 1,258 yards, and 14 touchdowns) but they are also not disqualifying numbers.
What is really drawing us to Boykin is what he did at the 2019 NFL Draft Combine. He ran a truly absurd 4.42 40 at 6’4″, 220 pounds. He did the reverse of what Lil’Jordan Humphrey did. There will always be concerns about bigger-bodied wide receivers not being able to move incredibly well but Miles Boykin quelled all of those worries. Boykin also posted an agility score of 10.84 and a 94th percentile SPARQ score. He is clearly an uber-athletic player who has little to no limitations physically.
The surprising thing is that these traits do not leap out at you on the #film. You can see in the highlight cutup posted above that he is tremendous in the redzone and in contested catch situations. Most of the DB’s up against him will be at a significant disadvantage on jump balls with his vertical leap and wingspan (Boykin has a 100th percentile catch radius per playerprofiler.com). Notre Dame did not often use him on bubble screens or in jet motion and likely his NFL team won’t either. It was even reported that some NFL teams might consider Boykin as a potential candidate to move to tight end but after how he tested at the combine, that will be a non-starter.
Miles Boykin Final Verdict
Our friends at 3sigmaathlete.com have Miles Boykin listed as the most incredible athlete of this very impressive wide receiver class. He outperformed Parris Campbell, D.K Metcalf, Hakeem Butler, and N’Keal Harry. His production at Notre Dame was nothing to write home about but it would not be the first time that a freak athlete was just okay at producing in college and turned into a meaningful NFL player. It also would not be the first time that a freak athlete with just okay college production came into the NFL and busted. Cody Latimer, AJ Jenkins, and Sammie Coates can all attest to that. Boykin is something of a Rorschach test of a prospect. Do you value the athleticism or the production? Does the older age and late breakout scare you off? I think these are all viable concerns. For me, Boykin will likely slot in towards the end of my top 15 wide receivers in the class but my post-combine rankings are not done.
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My ideal landing spot for Boykin is for him to go to a team that doesn’t need him to play as a rookie and has a coaching staff in place to help him learn some nuances of the game. You can tell from his Notre Dame tape that he is nothing close to a technician and gained most of his production on just being flat bigger and faster than the defenders against him. It seems like a disparaging comparison but Chris Conley is a fair one. Both are very athletic and neither are true masters of the craft but both can and likely will continue to contribute to their NFL teams.
The Minnesota Vikings have two superstar wide receivers in place but would like to fill the Aldrick Robinson/Laquon Treadwell rotation spot with someone with some actual upside. I’ve mentioned this several time in these profiles but the Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of a big-bodied wide receiver to pair with Jarvis Landry and it seems like Boykin would be a cost-effective way for them to fill that role.
(Photo Courtesy Of Blue and Gold Photo by Joe Raymond)