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2015 NFL DRAFT
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McKinley Boykin

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 289 | College: Mississippi
 
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Overview

What Boykin might lack in size he certainly makes up for with his intensity. The compactly built athlete has a low center of gravity and explosive initial burst that consistently puts slower offensive linemen at a disadvantage. After battling knee problems as a sophomore and junior, Boykin was again limited by knee problems the preseason of his senior year, but was fully recovered by the start of his final season.

Boykin lettered twice in football at McAdory High School. He earned all-state honors for all classifications, as well as Class 5A, by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and was named to the Huntsville Times Alabama Elite 11 team. He was chosen to play in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, but did not play due to an injury. He was selected to Super Prep's Dixie Team and Tom Lemming's All-Southeast team and added Fox Sports Net's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" third-team and All-Metro honors.

Boykin also earned All-State honors as a junior. Though he missed five games during his senior season due to an ankle injury, he was still credited with 74 tackles, five sacks, 19 pressures, 15 stops for losses and three caused fumbles as McAdory High finished 10-3, won the regional title and advanced to the third round of the playoffs. During his junior season, he had 138 tackles, including 20 for losses, nine sacks, 22 pressures and three caused fumbles.

Boykin redshirted in 2001 at Mississippi. He appeared in 12 games as a reserve defensive tackle in 2002, but missed most of the preseason with a back injury. He made 48 tackles (19 solos) with an assisted sack and eight pressures. Knee problems caused Boykin to miss two games in 2003, when he started three games. He posted 37 tackles (17 solos) with four stops for losses and six pressures.

Boykin underwent arthroscopic knee surgery for the second time during the 2004 off-season, but ended up starting 10 games at Ole Miss in 2004. He was an All-Southeastern Conference honorable mention choice, totaling 36 tackles (29 solos) with 2.5 sacks and 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. More arthroscopic knee surgery and a March arrest for simple assault/domestic violence marred his 2005 off-season. He started the team's final nine games, coming up with 40 tackles (21 solos), three sacks and 9.5 stops for losses.

In 45 games at Mississippi, the left defensive tackle started 22 times. He recorded 161 tackles (86 solos) with six sacks for minus-33 yards and 23 stops for losses of 72 yards. He was credited with 21 quarterback pressures, five pass deflections and one fumble recovery.

Analysis

Positives: Has a squat, muscular upper body with a big gut, bubble, thick thighs and long arms … Disruptive one-gap defender in the mold of Tampa's Anthony McFarland, generating good explosion off the snap to surprise lethargic offensive linemen … Has the lateral range to chase down plays outside the box … Has a relentless nature, using his short area burst to disrupt pocket protection … Very active with his hands in attempts to shed … Better edge rusher than working in-line and could shift outside to end or be utilized at under tackle at the pro level … Good wrap-up tackler who takes proper angles to close and uses his long arms to engulf ball carriers … Does a good job of clearing trash and is more movement-oriented when trying to shed blocks rather than using his adequate strength to disengage … Best in backside pursuit due to his quickness closing on the ball than when trying to shoot the inside gaps … Has the loose hips and flexibility to redirect and shut down the cutback lanes.

Negatives: Has durability issues, undergoing arthroscopic knee procedures each of the last three seasons … Marches to his own drummer and has had one known off-field issue (see below) … Has marginal instincts attempting to find the ball and does not pick up blocking schemes well … More of a move-oriented tackler, as he does not have the lower body power (very skinny ankles) to anchor and split double teams … Can be run over vs. plays directed right at him due to a poor anchor … Needs to keep his hands active in attempts to shed, as he does not show the punch to shock and jolt offensive guards … Has some stamina issues, wearing down as the game progresses … Does not have the hand push to disengage once a blocker reaches him … Will bite on screens and draws too often and gets too aggressive in his forward charge, taking time to recover … Can't hold his ground firmly in short-yardage situations.

Career Notes

18 of his career 23 tackles behind the line of scrimmage came during his last two seasons at Ole Miss.

2005 Season

Played in 11 games, starting the final nine at left defensive tackle … Missed most of spring drills after having his third arthroscopic procedure on his right knee … Finished with 40 tackles (21 solos), three sacks for minus-21 yards and 9.5 stops for losses of 36 yards … Credited with five quarterback pressures and two pass deflections.

2005 Game Analysis

Memphis … Limited to one assisted tackle in reserve duty.

Vanderbilt … Stopped QB Jay Cutler for a 1-yard loss on a bootleg and made three solo tackles.

Wyoming … Back in the starting lineup, he posted seven tackles with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a 6-yard sack of QB Cory Bramlet … Received the Rebel Quarterback Club Player of the Week Trench Award.

Tennessee and Alabama … Made three hits in each game.

The Citadel … Had a pair of tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss.

Kentucky … Collected five tackles with a pass deflection and assisted in sacking QB Andre' Woodson for a 6-yard loss.

Auburn … Added 1.5 sacks for minus-6 yards, three pressures, two stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven tackles (4 solos).

Louisiana State … Stopped tailback Joseph Addai for a 2-yard loss.

Mississippi State … Closed his career with four tackles (3 solos), including one that brought down tailback Jerious Norwood for a 3-yard loss.

2004 Season

Earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the league's coaches and honorable mention from the Associated Press … Appeared in all 11 games, drawing 10 starts … Started nine games at left defensive tackle and one at nose guard … Recorded 36 tackles (29 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus-11 yards and 8.5 stops for losses of 25 yards … Had two pressures and one fumble recovery.

2004 Game Analysis

Alabama … Credited with a season-high six hits (five solos), including two stops for minus-3 yards.

Vanderbilt … Added five solo stops, two stops for minus-9 yards and a 6-yard sack of QB Jay Cutler, as the Rebels defense recorded six sacks … Named the Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Week and earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.

South Carolina … Made six solo stops, tying his season high, including two hits for losses of 11 yards and a 5-yard sack … Earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for the second time … Garnered Quarterback Club Trench Player of the Week accolades.

Auburn … Tied a season high with six tackles (five solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage … Also recovered his first career fumble … Named Quarterback Club Trench Player of the Week.

Mississippi State … Credited with two pressures as the Rebels defense held the Bulldogs to 8-of-28 passing and recorded four sacks.

2003 Season

Appeared in 11 games, starting three … Did not play vs. Memphis (9/6) or Louisiana State (missed LSU game due to having arthroscopic surgery on his knee) … Made starts at nose guard vs. Alabama and Arkansas and started at left defensive tackle vs. Auburn … Registered 37 tackles (17 solos) with four stops for losses of 8 yards, six pressures and three pass deflections.

2003 Game Analysis

Vanderbilt … Tallied six tackles (one solo).

Louisiana-Monroe … Recorded four hits (one solo), and was credited with one pass breakup and one pressure.

Florida … Credited with four stops (three solos) and two pressures in a 20-17 upset win.

Arkansas State … Had five stops (three solo), including a three for losses totaling 7 yards … Also credited with one pass deflection and one pressure … Earned Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Alabama … Drew his first career start, coming up with two stops (one solo).

South Carolina … Tallied four hits (one solo), including two pressures.

Oklahoma State (Cotton Bowl) … Had one solo tackle.

2002 Season

Named to the SEC coaches' and Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC all-freshman teams … Played in every regular season game as a reserve defensive tackle, missing the Independence Bowl vs. Nebraska (back) … Recorded 48 tackles (19 solos) with an assisted sack, one stop for a 3-yard loss and eight pressures.

2002 Game Analysis

Louisiana-Monroe … Credited with four tackles (one solo) and one pressure in his collegiate debut.

Memphis … Had two solo tackles and was credited with two pressures.

Vanderbilt … Registered six tackles (four solos), including a stop for a 2-yard loss.

Florida … Posted four tackles (one solo) and two pressures in a 17-14 upset win.

Auburn … Made a season-high seven stops (one solo) and two pressures.

Georgia … Tied his season-high with seven hits (one solo).

Louisiana State … Was in on five tackles (four solos) and was credited with a 0.5 sack.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2000: Missed five games of his high school senior year with a high ankle sprain.

2002: Missed spring drills with a lower back sprain.

2003: Missed the Memphis and Louisiana State games with a right knee sprain that required arthroscopic surgery prior to the LSU game.

2004: Underwent right arthroscopic knee surgery in June.

2005: Underwent right arthroscopic knee surgery in March.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.87 in the 40-yard dash … 450-pound bench press … 600-pound squat … 330-pound power clean … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 9'2" broad jump … 8.0 three-cone drill … Right-handed.

Combine: 5.01 in the 40-yard dash … 2.91 20-yard dash … 1.67 10-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times … 4.75 20-yard shuttle … 30.5-inch vertical jump … 8'9" broad jump … 32-inch arm length … 9 -inch hands.

Off-Field Issues

Was arrested in March 2005 for simple assault/domestic violence after he had a verbal altercation with his girlfriend and the neighbors called the police. Under Mississippi state law, he was charged in the verbal confrontation, but the charges were later dropped when the girlfriend refused to press charges.

High School

Attended McAdory (Bessemer, Ala.) High School, lettering twice in football for head coach David Powell … Earned All-State honors for all classifications as well as Class 5A from the Alabama Sports Writers Association and was named to the Huntsville Times Alabama Elite 11 team … Chosen to play in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, but did not play due to an injury … Selected to Super Prep's Dixie Team and Tom Lemming's All-Southeast team and added Fox Sports Net's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" third-team and All-Metro honors … Also earned All-State honors as a junior … Though he missed five games during his senior season due to an ankle injury, he was still credited with 74 tackles, five sacks, 19 pressures, 15 stops for losses and three caused fumbles as McAdory High finished 10-3, won the regional title and advanced to the third round of the playoffs … During his junior season, he had 138 tackles, including 20 for losses, nine sacks, 22 pressures and three caused fumbles.

Personal

Sociology major … Made the U.M.A.A. Honor Roll in Fall 2003 and 2004 … Son of Chelsea Ward … Born 3/24/83 … Resides in Bessemer, Alabama.

 
 

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