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Rookie Miles Boykin ready to make an impact

May 03, 2019 - 2:21 pm
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By Austin Medina  

Much was unknown when the Ravens were up to make the 93rd selection in the NFL Draft.

After already drafting a speedy receiver in Hollywood Brown and an elite pass rusher in Jaylon Ferguson, the Ravens could have gone in many directions. They could have selected a linebacker to replace CJ Mosley. They could have beefed up the offensive line.

Instead the Ravens selected another wide receiver in Miles Boykin. Boykin is a big-bodied receiver from Notre Dame with freakish size and great athleticism.

His performance at the NFL Combine outdid the likes of receiver prospect D.K. Metcalf, who was selected by the Seahawks with the 64th pick. Most mock drafts had Metcalf  being selected in the 1st round, but as usual mock drafts have outliers.

Boykin has a 6’4, 220 pound build and ran a 4.42 40-yard dash. He shined with a receiver-best 43.5 inch vertical and outperformed Metcalf in the broad jump, 20 yard shuttle, and 3-cone drill.

Of course the NFL requires more than just athleticism. Boykin made a significant jump in his junior season last year for the Irish. He led the team with 59 catches, along with 872 yards and eight touchdowns.

Boykin spoke to the media today about his mindset going into Year 1 with the Ravens.

There were questions about the Ravens drafting receivers due to Lamar Jackson’s ineffectiveness as a passer last season. So choosing two receivers in the first three selections seemed peculiar for the Ravens, right?

Wrong!

Something that gets lost in last year’s run is that Jackson came in as a rookie quarterback. Sure his passing needs more development and, with time, should get better year to year. How can the Ravens speed up his development?

Jackson is now surrounded with an electric receiver in Marquise Brown along with a receiver who can win 50-50 balls in Boykin. He spoke on his relationship with fellow rookie receiver Brown.

Boykin should be able to make an impact early for Baltimore, as he is already one of the top talented receivers on the team. For a man of his size, it’s rare if Jackson doesn’t have an open Boykin on most passing plays. Once Boykin develops into using his frame more on opposing defenders, the Ravens may look like geniuses when all is said and done.