The Forgotten Rookie Receiver in Baltimore

As you are navigating through your rookie dynasty drafts, think about taking a shot on Miles Boykin. The Fighting Irish rookie is a major value right now. He is being drafted on average at the 3.06 in FFPC scoring formats (1 QB, tight end premium), over a full round later than fellow rookie teammate, Marquise Brown. While everyone clamors over the speed demon in Brown, feel free to scoop up Boykin. Below I will explain why I believe Boykin will outproduce his current ADP.

I had visions of Equanimeous St. Brown when I was introduced to Miles Boykin’s film back before the draft. So, right away I was unfairly building a negative tone about him. ESB is a monstrous target at 6’5’’, but I saw an outside receiver who failed to display the physical traits needed to beat defensive backs. He rounded many of his routes and seemed lazy at times in disguising his breaks. Throw in his so-called negative attitude (saying he refuses to play special teams in interviews) and I was out on ESB last year. Not a whole lot changed in my perception after seeing his rookie year.

Turning on Miles Boykin’s tape I was waiting for the moment to curse my computer screen and scream out loud, “another ESB!” But, right from the start, I noticed Miles Boykin’s size, and he has nearly identical measurables to ESB according to PlayerProfiler.com. I originally thought they were destined to be the same type of player.

 

 

 

Outside of being nearly identical in measurables, the two are vastly different in skill sets. Boykin displays major athleticism for his size (as you see from his workout metrics). A characteristic of Boykin’s frame that I noticed right away is his long arms. In the first highlight, you will see him pluck the ball away from the defender on a quick fade route in the endzone.

(First Highlight)

 

Smaller corners will struggle to pin Boykin at the line with contact. In this instance, it is one of the biggest corners. Watch as 6’4’’, 210 lbs. JoeJuan Williams (who was just drafted by the Patriots) tries pressing Boykin at the line. Watch him toss him with ease. Players that can be physical and can block will be on the field often.

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In many instances, he was let down by his quarterback, Brandon Wimbush. On this play, you will see that Boykin runs a quick three-yard slant and fools the defender. Had the ball been delivered on time, this would have been an easy pitch and catch for a decent gain.

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Wimbush displayed his inability to make quick decisions and more often than not would tuck the ball and use his legs to make plays. Unfortunately, this scenario played out often. In this same regard, Boykin showcases skills that will translate to Lamar Jackson’s abilities as his new quarterback. We all know Jackson is still raw as a throwing quarterback, he was only a 22-year-old rookie last year. This does not worry me because we saw that Boykin overcame inconsistent quarterback play in college finishing his final two seasons with over 1,000 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns (8 his senior season). As this play demonstrates, off the errant throw, Boykin shows great ability to control his big frame to make a difficult catch.

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He can line up outside or in the slot. He can run quick hitting routes, or can physically dominate smaller defensive backs on out routes, comebacks, and fades. Boykin offers a variety of skills that will translate to the Ravens offense right away. He does not display the elite speed that 175 lbs. Marquise Brown does, but he does show that he can be versatile in formations and can contribute in the blocking game. The Ravens offense is creative enough to find ways to use Boykin as a dependable target in their lower volume passing attack. He is going as the 13th receiver off the board in rookie drafts this past weekend, that is great value for a guy who was drafted in the third round.

 

Are you curious about other rookies? Let me know on Twitter @DFF_JWalt. Thanks!

jwalter

Husband, soon to be dad; Dynasty & NFL Draft writer for @DFF_Dynasty & @DFF_College; #DFFArmy; #SFB8; University of Kansas Alum. You can find me on Twitter @DFF_JWalt.

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