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2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandon Boykin, CB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 182 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 4/123 - Brandon Boykin, CB, 5-9 1/2, 182, Georgia...Despite his small size, Boykin is a physical, feisty player who had 11 tackles for losses last season. With Joselio Hanson turning 31 in August, Boykin gives the Eagles a replacement option at nickel corner. He also can return punts and kicks. - The Sports Xchange

04/09/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE MEDICAL RECHECK: CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia (5-10, 182): Boykin suffered a slight fracture to his right fibula at the Senior Bowl, which caused him to miss the combine workouts. He's scheduled to work out for scouts on campus April 9, which will ease some concerns about his recovery and also is likely to be asked to travel back to Indianapolis so doctors can take a closer look, as well. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

03/27/2012 - The next few weeks will feature the delayed workouts of draft prospects whose physical rehabilitations took up the early part of the offseason -- several Alabama players, including tailback Trent Richardson and safety Mark Barron, among others, were scheduled to audition for scouts on Tuesday -- and one of the more interesting guys could be Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin. The former Bulldogs' star has been unable to work out because of a broken leg, but will have a pro day-like session April 9, and most teams figure to be represented. "A pretty intriguing guy," one AFC coach assessed here this week. "Not a first-rounder, don't get me wrong, but he's in that second group of corners, and I'm anxious to see him." In college, Boykin was a bit of a do-it-all player, lining up at cornerback and safety, returning kickoffs, and even logging some snaps on offense. Even though Boykin excelled as a kickoff returner -- his 2,663 returns yards rank second in SEC history, and he had four runbacks for scores in his career -- there is some curiosity about his speed. Boykin plans to run a 40 on April 9, but would not predict last week what he will time. "(But) I'm confident I'll be fast enough," he said. Boykin measured only 5-feet-9 and 182 pounds at the combine, but is a fairly thick athlete and regarded as plenty physical enough, although he might need some technique refinement. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/26/2012 - Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin will work out for scouts on campus on April 9, NFLDraftScout.com has learned. The All-SEC prospect had been unable to participate in the scouting combine or his school's March 5 pro day after suffering a broken right leg at the Senior Bowl. Though the timing of Boykin's injury was unfortunate, the injury itself wasn't nearly as bad as it sounds. Boykin suffered a small fracture and it didn't come near a joint, making his recovery a relatively quick one andconsidered unlikely to limit his rookie season in any way. Boykin, currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9 cornerback prospect forthe 2012 draft,is considered one of the elite athletes at the position so if he is indeed100 percent recovered from the injury he couldput up numbers in the workout that rivalsome of the top efforts put forth by his peers. The playmaking Boykin left Georgia with nine career interceptions and is a dynamic kick-returner, as well, having taken back three kickoffs back 100 yards for touchdowns over his career -- the only player in SEC history to have scored three times from this distance. Boykinis being projected by some as a possible first-round prospect. My colleague Pete Priscohas him slated to go 30th overall to the SanFrancisco 49ersin hislatest mock draft. --Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com.

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Brandon Boykin, Georgia, 5-9, 183...Boykin may have a small frame, but he came up big to win the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player in 2011. He is a formidable athlete as both a cornerback and a kick returner. Scouts will be limited to seeing him on game tapes because he fractured his fibula during Senior Bowl workouts. "The timing was terrible, but at the same time the combine and pro day isn't the be-all end-all," Boykin said, naming the two workout events he missed because of the injury. "I feel like I had a really good career. ... My speed and athleticism shouldn't be a question." Some scouts believe Boykin could run 40 yards under 4.4 seconds. He had three touchdowns on kickoff returns as a sophomore, two for 100 yards each and then added another in 2010 to become the only player in SEC history with three plays of at least 100 yards. He is hardly bashful as a corner, where he surprises bigger opponents by getting right in their face as much as he can rather than playing off and using his speed to catch up. In 1999, this bothered Oklahoma State star Dez Bryant (now with Dallas), who was held to three catches and 77 yards. Boykin's career totals include 159 tackles (20 for a loss), nine interceptions and he averaged 24.2 yards on 110 kickoff returns. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/17/2012 - When cornerback Brandon Boykin began preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft, his fate took a less-than-ideal turn just weeks after playing his final game at the University of Georgia. He suffered a small fracture of his right leg on a punt return at the Senior Bowl, derailing his hopes of working out at the NFL Combine a few weeks later. Fortunately for Boykin, he didn't injure a joint - such an injury would take longer to heal and could negatively impact a player's stock - and he already is running again. In a sense, Boykin's moment might simply have been deferred. Despite his aspirations, he did not get the chance to dazzle with a gaudy time in the 40-yard dash that would set scouts abuzz and improve his draft prospects. But, nonetheless, he did win the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player. He offers the potential, if an NFL team should choose, to be utilized in the same manner as he was by Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt, at various positions on offense - much like the Chicago Bears use Devin Hester. Some mock drafts project Boykin going in the late first round. "Yeah, it was disappointing," Boykin said of the injury. "But I knew that I didn't have any time to feel for sorry for myself. I had to get ready for this upcoming draft. As soon as that happened, the next couple days back I was back training and doing what I needed to do to get ready." For Boykin, that adversity just happened to come before the combine. "It's probably been a month out," Boykin said. "I'm doing really well running and doing all the things that I was doing before. It's not really affecting me from a training standpoint. I'm still able to lift and do all the things I need to do, but it's slowing me down." - John Manasso, FOX Sports South

03/06/2012 - Brandon Boykin was at Georgia's Pro Day on Monday, but the now-former Georgia cornerback did not run for scouts. Nor did he do much else. Boykin, who broke a bone in his leg in the Senior Bowl, did do these things: Exude confidence over his future despite the injury, say that Malcolm Mitchell can play cornerback if needed, and that Damian Swann will have a good sophomore season. When he finished his senior season, Boykin was regarded as a candidate to be picked as high as the second round in April's NFL draft, due to his speed and versatility. But that was thrown into doubt on Jan. 30, when he suffered a cracked fibula in his right leg while he was running downfield on a punt. "Got directly kicked on it. Walked off the field and didn't even know it until I got an X-ray," he said. "It was frustrating, the timing was terrible. But at the same time the combine and pro day isn't the be-all end-all. I feel like I had a really good career, and people know I can do a lot of great things. I'm a very versatile person, my speed and athleticism shouldn't be a question. So we'll just have to wait and see." Boykin and defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson were the only starters Georgia lost from the 2011 defense, which finished ranked third in the nation. Tyson worked out before scouts on Monday, running the 40 and lifting weights. But Boykin, who rated himself at "85 percent" healthy, said he would wait until he was 100 percent to hold his own private workout. He said that would be April in Athens. And he expressed confidence that the injury won't hurt his draft position, saying four years of film from his Georgia days should back up his ability. And Boykin never missed a game in college, as he pointed out. "I had an injury, but I know I'll be fine. I know once I get right, I'll be able to go out and compete," Boykin said. - Seth Emerson, The State

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 63. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia, 5-9, 183, 2-3...Boykin may have a small frame, but he came up big to win the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player in 2011. He is a formidable athlete as both a cornerback and a kick returner. Boykin, who may run 40 yards under 4.4 seconds, had three touchdowns on kickoff returns as a sophomore, two for 100 yards each and then added another in 2010 to become the only player in SEC history with three plays of at least 100 yards. He is hardly bashful as a corner, where he surprises bigger opponents by getting right in their face as much as he can rather than playing off and using his speed to catch up. In 1999, this bothered Oklahoma State star Dez Bryant (now with Dallas), who was held to three catches and 77 yards. Boykin's career totals include 159 tackles (20 for a loss), nine interceptions and he averaged 24.2 yards on 110 kickoff returns. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/26/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL THURSDAY: Georgia's Brandon Boykin stood out at Wednesday's practice, flashing his elite-level quickness and athleticism. However, what was most encouraging to see was his aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage, getting physical with receivers off the snap and working hard to make them as uncomfortable as possible. Boykin was a bit grabby at times and needs to stay disciplined or he'll attract penalties at the next level, but it was a positive sign that scouts wanted to see with the former Bulldog speedster. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: Another former rivalry was on display in the South practice as Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin looked to be the only defensive back with the wheels to stick with Florida running back/receiver Chris Rainey. The former do-everything weapon from Gainesville has shown off his versatility, practicing at running back, wide receiver and return man and showing the speed and explosion to barge past defensive backs. But Boykin stood out on a few plays, using correct angles and his world-class speed to cut off Rainey's intended path and chase him out of bounds. Both SEC players are pint-sized in stature, but they have the natural God-given speed to stick at the next level. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2012 - 2011 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER: Georgia senior cornerback/return specialist Brandon Boykin has been named the 2011 Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation's most versatile player, according to an announcement by the Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung on Monday morning. Boykin topped Arkansas' Joe Adams, Oregon's LaMichael James and Toledo's Eric Page for the honor in the award's second year. Boykin will now be honored on Feb. 2 at the Galt House in downtown Louisville during the annual Paul Hornung Award banquet. Bulldog head coach Mark Richt has witnessed Boykin be one of his defensive anchors since his sophomore season in 2009 as he started 38 career games for Georgia, including the last 22 in a row. "There are not many players who have the skill sets Brandon possesses and he's certainly the model of what the Hornung Award represents," said Richt. "I wish I had three of him. He could start on offense, defense, and special teams. He's an outstanding person as well, a great leader, and a great Georgia man. We have been blessed to have him as a Georgia Bulldog." The Fayetteville, Ga., native was a second team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league coaches and a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist in 2011 after recording 55 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a safety. A threat in the return game as well, Boykin added 850 kickoff return yards and 180 punt return yards. Boykin is also the only player in SEC history with three 100-yard plays of any kind. - Georgia football

01/04/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL INVITE: Boykin was a second team All-SEC selection by the league coaches and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist in 2011 after recording 48 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, three interceptions, nine pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. A threat in the return game as well, Boykin added 780 kickoff return yards and 88 punt return yards. He was also used on the offensive side of the ball this year, rushing for 95 yards and a score and catching four passes for 58 yards and another touchdown. For his career, the Fayetteville, Georgia native is Georgia's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage with 2,593, which ranks second on the SEC's all-time list. Boykin is also the only player in SEC history with three 100-yard plays of any kind. - SeniorBowl.com

01/02/2012 - Scouting the Georgia pass defense: Georgia is tied for second in the SEC with 17 interceptions this season. The Bulldogs have had strong play in the secondary throughout the season, led by senior CB Brandon Boykin and S Bacarri Rambo (7 interceptions). S Shawn Williams and CB Sanders Commings also have contributed. Georgia ranks third in the SEC in pass defense, giving up 165.2 yards per carry. - The Sports Xchange

12/09/2011 - 2011 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: Georgia senior cornerback and return specialist Brandon Boykin has been named one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award presented by the Texas Roadhouse, according to an announcement by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC). Boykin, a 5-10, 183-pound native of Fayetteville, was named earlier this week to the Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Second Team for his versatile performance this season. Starting at cornerback 37 times in his career, Boykin is fifth on this year's team with 48 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, and has forced two fumbles. He is also tied for second on the team with three interceptions, giving him nine in his career. Boykin has also proven himself to be one of the nation's most prolific return specialists. As a kickoff returner, he is the active SEC career leader with 2,593 yards, including four touchdowns (three 100 yarders, making him the only player in SEC history to record three plays of 100 yards of any kind in his career), and is second on the SEC all-time list. This season, he has piled up an SEC-best 780 kickoff return yards on 34 returns for a 22.9 average. - Georgia football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Brandon Boykin, Georgia, has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Boykin, a 5-10, 183-pound native of Fayetteville, Ga., has proven to be a threat both on defense and on special teams for the Bulldogs. Starting at cornerback 37 times in his career, Boykin is fifth on this year's team with 48 tackles, including nine tackles for loss. He is also tied for second on the team with three interceptions, giving him nine in his career. As a kickoff returner, Boykin is the active SEC career leader with 2,593 yards, including four touchdowns, and is third on the SEC all-time list. Also, Boykin has returned 13 punts for 88 yards (6.8 avg.), caught four balls for 58 yards and run the ball five times for 95 yards. He has scored a receiving and a rushing touchdown this season. - Georgia football

10/03/2011 - WEEK 5 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: CB BRANDON BOYKIN (Georgia) -- Had six tackles, one for a loss, forced a fumble, had a pass deflection and finished with 88 all-purpose yards on special teams returns against Mississippi State. - SEC football

09/21/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB/KR Brandon Boykin, a senior, has emerged as the leader of Georgia's defense. Boykin's speed makes him a big-play threat on both kickoffs and interceptions. He could have a big day against a suspect Ole Miss passing attack that's prone to mistakes. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB/KR Brandon Boykin nearly broke a pair of kickoffs for TDs against South Carolina, instead settling for returns of 56 and 36 yards. Boykin, who has four career kickoff returns for TDs, will try for his fifth against Coastal Carolina. Boykin ranks first in the SEC and sixth nationally with an average of 194 all-purpose yards per game. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - CB Brandon Boykin had an interception and finished with 184 kickoff return yards. Boykin had a 58-yard return in the fourth quarter, helping set up Isaiah Crowell's touchdown run that put Georgia ahead, 35-31. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2011 - SEC WEEK 2 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: CB/RS BRANDON BOYKIN (Georgia) - Set school record with seven kickoff returns for 184 yards and also had two tackles and interception against South Carolina. - SEC football

09/10/2011 - Richt said Georgia could use both CBs Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith on offense in the future. Boykin scored Georgia's first TD of the season on an 80-yard run. "We would've liked to use Boykin more," Richt said. "He ended up with a couple bags of IVs at the half. He was cramping up. We didn't want to overdo it with him. We needed him on defense." - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Brandon Boykin, Georgia, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. Boykin, a native of Fayetteville, finished 2010 with 44 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Boykin is Georgia's active leader with six career picks. He is also UGA's leader in career kickoff return yards with 1,813 and is the only player in SEC history to have three 100-yard plays of any kind. Also named to the 2010 Hornung Award Watch List, Boykin has also been included on the watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award and CFPA Defensive Back Award & Kickoff Returner Award this preseason. - Georgia football

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Brandon Boykin, Georgia, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RS Brandon Boykin, Georgia, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Boykin, Georgia, CB, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. Boykin, a native of Fayetteville, finished 2010 with 44 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Boykin is Georgia's active leader with six career picks. He is also UGA's leader in career kickoff return yards with 1,813 and is the only player in SEC history to have three 100-yard plays of any kind. Boykin has already been named to the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Award as well as the Kickoff Returner Award. - Georgia football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Boykin, Georgia, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Boykin, a native of Fayetteville, finished 2010 with 44 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Boykin is Georgia's active leader with six career picks. He is also UGA's leader in career kickoff return yards with 1,813 and is the only player in SEC history to have three 100-yard plays of any kind. - Georgia football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brandon Boykin, Georgia, CB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Boykin, a native of Fayetteville, finished 2010 with 44 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Boykin is Georgia's active leader with six career picks. He is also UGA's leader in career kickoff return yards with 1,813 and is the only player in SEC history to have three 100-yard plays of any kind. - Georgia football

05/13/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: CB Brandon Boykin emerged as Georgia's top cover corner last season and remained dangerous in the return game. Boykin already has returned four kickoffs for TDs in his career and will look to build upon that number in 2011. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 4/123 - Brandon Boykin, CB, 5-9 1/2, 182, Georgia...Despite his small size, Boykin is a physical, feisty player who had 11 tackles for losses last season. With Joselio Hanson turning 31 in August, Boykin gives the Eagles a replacement option at nickel corner. He also can return punts and kicks. - The Sports Xchange

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