College Player Turns Down Shot At NFL Gig
Published: May 16, 2012
College Player Turns Down Shot At NFL Gig, Andrew Sweat fires back after a critic calls his decision “the biggest mistake of his life.”, Now that the 2012 NFL draft is in the can, it’s time to take the Shutdown 50 scouting format forward and get a closer look at some of the surprising and fascinating selections from this year’s draft — the guys we missed in the original 50, but who could be impact players now or down the road. The latest entry: Brandon Boykin, the Georgia cornerback selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 28th pick in the fourth round (123rd overall).
Overview: Just before the draft, the Eagles traded disgruntled cornerback Asante Samuel to the Falcons for a seventh round pick. Samuel made the Pro Bowl three times in four years with the Eagles, but many fans were happy to see him go. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes called Samuel “a fraud, wrapped in a mirage, inside an illusion,” in a hyperbolic preach-to-the-base post-trade column that reflected the ultimate Philly bias: if you don’t hit like a freight train, then you stink. And Samuel, for all his coverage skills, hit like a baby wipe.
Boykin will not replace Samuel in the starting lineup — that will be Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s job — but he will get first dibs on the slot corner role. And Boykin, for all his athleticism, cannot tackle. Somebody get Marcus Hayes a scented candle.
Boykin played cornerback, returned kicks, and had a small role in the Georgia offense. According to the team website, he majored in magazines. Magazines? Writing for them? Selling them? Cutting pictures of celebrities from them? Or maybe he majored in ammunition supply shacks. Whatever he learned in college, Boykin must become a more reliable tackler to earn a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
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