It should not be a shock that Tyler Boyd declared for the draft. He is that good, and barring injuries should have a successful NFL career.
Whether he goes in the first or second round is up for debate, but I don’t see how his draft stock will really rise any further if he came back. The only seeming knock on Boyd is that he lacks “elite” speed, so that won’t change. All the other stuff he possesses, he has shown in spades in the past three seasons.
— Hands. Yep.
— Great route running. Check.
— Very versatile — able to stretch the field or play in the slot. Hell, yeah.
— Constantly successful against opposing teams’ best corner and facing double teams. Very much so.
If Boyd had chosen to stay, he would be dealing with a third offensive coordinator in four years. No matter what promises Head Coach Pat Narduzzi could have made him, there just would have been no guarantees. It’s not like he could be showcased that much more.
To say nothing of the risk of injury — even with an insurance contract.
I wish him and his family nothing but the best, and only hope that he finds the time down the road to finish his education to get that degree from Pitt.