A Boyd You Can't Avoid

Josh Boyd, a defensive line prospect from Philadelphia, Miss., is a perfect example of what every college in the country is seeking: a force in the trenches who is mobile, agile, hostile, versatile and capable of making an early impact on the next level. Lots of luck picking one of those up on E-Bay.

At 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, Boyd has the size to play inside or outside. He would fit seamlessly into 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and is a run stopper as well as a pass rusher. He shares similar traits and skills as former Vol and current Kansas City Chief defensive lineman Turk McBride.

Boyd had a breakthrough season as a junior, posting an eye popping 154 tackles, including 27 for loss with 10 sacks. He also blocked a pair of punts and extra points in the 10-3 campaign. Blessed with outstanding quickness and 4.8 speed Boyd's range is remarkable and his flexibility is commendable.

He sheds tackles like a thrasher and is a disrupter of the first order. He's also extremely strong by high school standards with a bench press of 385 pounds and 520 in the squat. It's not difficult to envision the four-star prospect weighing 290 or benching 450 before his freshman season of college. That's particularly good upper body strength for a D-lineman with such an expansive wing span. That's also the type of size and strength needed to survive as a true freshman in the SEC.

"I'm quick off the ball and have a lot of power," he told Scout.com. "I'm a good pass rusher too. I'm just a good combo of speed and power.

"But I still want to work on getting to the quarterback faster and use more moves and stuff. I lift weights and run a lot. I'm also doing cone drills and just trying to stay in shape."

No endorsement of Boyd's abilities could better convey his value than his list of early contenders — Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.

He has also taken unofficial visits to Michigan State and Mississippi State. Boyd announced his intentions to unofficially visit Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Auburn and Tennessee over the summer, but the competition for his services will likely stretch deep into winter.

Boyd, who is ranked No. 25 among the nation's defensive tackle prospects, indicates he will remain open amidst an array of advice from fans, friends and family wanting him to stay home and play football in Mississippi.

However to prepare for an NFL career, he might be better served to go to a more exotic locale with a big-game atmosphere, massive crowds, an opportunity to play early as well as a proven track record for developing D-linemen. There's a reason there are no NFL teams in the Magnolia State.

Anyway you look at it with Josh Boyd on the market — there's a lot on the line.

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