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Boyd selected by the Jets in the sixth round

by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Saturday, May 10, 2014 5:28 PM
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Pos: QB   Height: 6-1   Weight: 225   Hometown: Hampton, VA (Phoebus HS)  
Years Played: 2009 - 2013
Clemson, SC -- Former Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
Quarterback (2009 - 2013)
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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was selected by the New York Jets with the 213th overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Friday evening.

After the pick, Boyd was interviewed by ESPN and asked how he felt to be a New York Jet.

"I was just excited," Boyd said in the interview. "I was thrilled that Rex Ryan, Marty Mornhinweg and Coach Lee gave me the opportunity to come up there and be a Jet and I couldn't be prouder to be a Jet."

"It is something that not a lot of people get to do. To have the opportunity to be an NFL quarterback and go out there and compete is an amazing feeling in itself. The road and journey has been so long to get to this point and to have the opportunity is an amazing feeling."

Boyd said Rex Ryan told him that he would take him in the draft if he was still available in the later rounds.

"He said that if I made down this far in the draft he would definitely select me," Boyd said in the interview. "You know at one point or another I was in the car, just kind of drifting to sleep. I looked at the phone and saw a New York number, and I felt like it has to be them."



NFL analyst Mike Mayock said the Jets are getting a playmaker late in the draft.

"I was at his Pro Day and probably watched 7 of his game tapes," Mayock said on the pick on the NFL Network. "At his Pro Day he put on a show. He has a big time arm. He is athletic as can be. He reminds me a little of Troy Smith when he came out of Ohio State. He's a playmaker. Does he need to more consistent with his arm? More consistent with accuracy? Yes he does. But at this point in the draft to get a guy with his arm talent and athleticism I think is pretty exciting."

"Very happy for that young man," NFL analyst Charles Davis said on the NFL Network after the pick. "His production is off the charts for a college quarterback – ACC Player of the Year two years ago and would have been this year had it not been for Jameis Winston. Just what he did and how he reshaped his body and reshaped his game. He really worked at it and I think he is a heck of a player."

At Clemson, Boyd had 13,069 total yards and was responsible for an ACC-record 133 touchdowns including an ACC-record 107 passing touchdowns. In total, he owns 58 Clemson records.

His draft stock took a hit after a poor showing at the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL in January. As the Draft approached Boyd thought his stock was rising once again as Boyd was hearing he would go no later than the third round. However, during the Draft, 12 other quarterbacks where picked ahead of Boyd until his pick in the sixth round.










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