2014 Senior Bowl: Prospects To Watch For

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Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) passes the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd

If you’re looking for this year’s EJ Manual, Boyd probably fits the bill. I don’t think there is any way he is the first quarterback taken like Manuel, but I do think he is drafted higher than he is being projected right now.

For the third consecutive year, Boyd made first or second-team All-ACC this past year and became the first quarterback in school history to be named All-ACC three times.

Boyd wrapped up his collegiate career with 378 yards gained through the air, 127 yards with his feet, and five passing touchdowns to go along with one rushing touchdown in his first BCS bowl win against Ohio State.

He finished the year with 3851 passing yards and 34 TDs vs. 11 interceptions and also ran for 400 yards and 10 TDs.

Last year saw the rise and fall of Ryan Nassib who at one point was being projected into the first round. Boyd could see a similar rise with a solid showing at the Senior Bowl.

Boyd’s leadership is what has me intrigued and just in case Andy Dalton falls on his face this year the Bengals don’t want to be breaking in a rookie quarterback in 2015, Boyd would at least provide and option.

He’s being projected as a fourth-fifth round pick right now, and the Bengals should take a hard look at him if he’s on the board when they’re picking on Day 3.

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