Boyd: Clowney should go No. 1; calls his own mock draft free fall 'hilarious'
The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft? Jadeveon Clowney's own Palmetto State rival, Clemson's Tajh Boyd, thinks it should be the South Carolina defensive end. As for Boyd's own prospects, which have slipped in most experts' eyes, the QB calls it "hilarious."
Clemson's Tajh Boyd, who was sacked by Jadeveon Clowney 4 1/2 times in this 2012 meeting, believes the South Carolina DE is the 'most complete player in this draft.'
Playing for South Carolina's Palmetto State rival Clemson, Boyd faced off against Clowney three times, including a 2012 meeting in which Clowney sacked the Tigers quarterback 4 1/2 times. It's a first-hand knowledge of the nightmare the former South Carolina defensive end that makes it hard for Boyd to believe Clowney is falling NFL mock drafts.
Here's Boyd's exchange with Jay Mohr during an appearance Thursday on 'Jay Mohr Sports':
Mohr: "(ESPN analyst) Merril Hoge said Jadeveon Clowney, fundamentally, is an atrocious football player. You were once sacked by Clowney four times in one game. Please tell me how good Clowney is ... "
Boyd: "He is absolutely the No. 1 pick. He is the most complete football player in this draft. If he's across from a guy like (Texans DE) J.J. Watt ... he would take him under his wing and teach him his work ethic. If you put Clowney in a situation like that, the sky is the limit for him."
Mohr went on to discuss Boyd's own NFL future, which has taken a hit of late.
Once considered a top-10 pick, Boyd has slipped out of the first round of many mock drafts -- and doesn't even make the second round in this entry. The free fall comes despite earning ACC Player of the Year honors last season and throwing for 3,851 yards and 34 touchdowns in '13 and 11,904 yards and 39 scores over his career.
Boyd, as he told Mohr, thinks it's "hilarious."
Mohr: "In the mock drafts you were projected as a second round pick. ... Every time I do a mock draft now you are hanging around the fourth, fifth round. Why is that? Why are guys from Wyoming and Ball State all of the sudden ranked ahead of you?"
Boyd: "I think it's hilarious honestly. If I get on the field with any of those guys I'm going to win every time. Whenever I step on the field I am going to be sure I make some noise and do some damage."