Josh Norris: Tajh Boyd Is Likely A Day Three Draft Pick
Former Mac Attack intern, Josh Norris, now with NBC and RotoWorld, joined Mac and Jim to talk about the Senior Bowl and the upcoming NFL Draft.
On Tajh Boyd’s draft stock: He’s had great offensive weapons and a lot of us projected him to take the next step, in terms of progression reading. There were times he would look down field and automatically go to his check down without actually looking downfield. His placement has always been erratic, but I think he understood that’s where his receivers dominated. This year, though, he continued to throw high even with receivers who didn’t win in those situations. I do like his pocket movement, he measured in fine, and he’s going to get drafted, but likely on the third day.
On Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews, as a potential Panthers pick: There are some similarities with Keenan Allen. He is so technical of a player. The most underrated aspect of his game is his yards after catch ability and very little wasted movement. He’s struggled getting off press coverage this week. Two other wide receivers who I think could be there are the guys from LSU: Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry. These guys win at the catch point. In the NFL now, winning at the catch point is more important than separation.
On Offensive Line Candidates: I think there will only one first round offensive linemen [at 28] and that’s Zack Martin. He can be a good tackle, but would be an outstanding guard. Other guys are probably going to be in the 2nd round area. Brandon Thomas from Clemson is only about 6’3″, but his arms are so long and he’s got a great, athletic lower half in terms of being able to mirror pass rushers and sustain blocks. Someone to watch out for is Billy Turner from North Dakota State. His technique is dreadful, but he has great functional strength. I think he’s in the end of the 2nd-early 3rd round range.
Josh also goes over the top of his draft board including Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel (‘I could be wrong, but I’ll have a lot of fun being wrong”) and Blake Bortles. Did we mention Josh is a former intern?