After signing former Houston Texans Receiver Demaryius Thomas, Bill Belichick and the Patriots may be looking towards the draft to beef up the receiving core a bit more. Tom Brady isn’t getting any younger and Rob Gronkowski retired this offseason so maybe some young help on offense could help the chase for ring number 7.
Miles Boykin coming out of Notre Dame is an interesting prospect. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Boykin is a serious deep threat that can stretch the field out for you. In Boykins final season at Notre Dame, he hauled in 59 receptions for 872 yards while also reaching the end zone 8 times during the season.
Boykin had an impressive showing at this years NFL combine. He ran a speedy 4.42 40 yard dash, had a vertical jump of 43.5 inches and also had a broad jump of 11 feet 8 inches. Boykin showed that he has the size, speed and athleticism to play a role on an NFL team and it could be with the defending super bowl champions. Some of the things that Boykin needs to work on are being able to fight off press corners. Corners were able to get their hands inside his chest last season and NFL corners will eat that up. Boykin also needs to work on his explosion breaking into routes that cut towards the middle of the field, a route the Patriots and Tom Brady love.
In an interview in March with Pro Football Focus Boykin said: “I haven’t hit my ceiling yet; I don’t know if I have a ceiling,”. “Every time I step on the field, I’m just getting better. For me, it’s just about being the best that I can be. I think that I’m definitely capable of being one of the best receivers in the NFL. And that’s what I try to show every time I step on the field.” Boykin seems confident that he can be one of the best receivers in the NFL. At his size and speed he definitely has the body to become a prolific offensive threat and if the Patriots draft him with one of their twelve draft picks he will be working with the greatest coach-quarterback combination in NFL history. The Patriots have many options on draft night. Will they trade up? Trade down? or stay where they are?
Day 1 of the NFL draft begins on April 25 at 8 PM and continues April 26 at 7 PM and Saturday, April 27 at 2 PM.