Although I’m not a fan of Metcalf in general, I’ll be the first to admit that he certainly displayed some impressive traits at the combine. However, I believe a much cheaper and just as productive prospect is Miles Boykin.
With Metcalf attracting a lot of chatter over combine weekend, Boykin’s combine performance was just as impressive. A comparison of the two can be seen below:
|40-yard dash||4.33 secs||4.42 secs|
|Vertical||40.5 inch||43.5 inch|
|Broad||134 inch||140 inch|
Metcalf is certainly stronger and quicker in a straight line. But, Boykin is much more agile and explosive. In terms of physical stature, they are very similar in terms of weight and height. A large difference between the two is that Metcalf is being considered as a top end 1st round pick, while Boykin seems to be viewed in the early 3rd round.
For a guy that is 6’4”, those jumping and agility numbers are absolutely incredible and he was towards the top of the class in all of them. From a physical stand-point Boykin is very similar to Cordarrelle Patterson. We usually see the height weight speed guys in every class, but not that are able to turn and jump so quick. Following such a strong combine, Mel Kiper even stated that he sees Boykin as a Round 2 pick.
Additionally, although Boykin’s college production wasn’t elite, he had very similar college production to Metcalf in 3 years. A breakdown of both of their stats can be seen below:
Boykin had 77 receptions for 1,206 yards and 11 TDs in 3 years, while Metcalf had 67 receptions for 1,228 yards and 14 TDs in 3 years. Admittedly, Metcalf only appeared in 21 games, while Boykin appeared in 26. Slightly disappointing is the fact that Boykin’s breakout age was 21.9 years old. Meanwhile Metcalf had a breakout at 19.7 years old.
I’ve heard numerous excuses claiming Metcalf’s low production wasn’t solely injury related, but also because of poor QB play. That’s not something that was exclusive to Metcalf, as Boykin was receiving passes from Ian Book and Brandon Wimbush.
In the first few years of his career, the Notre Dame offense heavily featured Josh Adams pounding the rock, with Equanimeous St Brown as the favorite target for Deshone Kizer. All 3 of those left for the NFL and the Notre Dame offense became stagnant.
I’m not denying Metcalf’s unquestionable upside. But for a substantially lower price you can obtain an asset that may not be quite as good, but certainly darn close.
Like Metcalf, Boykin is still quite raw, so I don’t expect him to produce in the NFL right off the bat. I think a good comparable could be Kenny Golladay who had many similarities as a prospect. A great ability to high point the ball and can be difficult to tackle. He has strong hands, however may lack the nuance of route running. I feel like watching him on tape that there isn’t a lot of sudden jerk movements either. He seems to reach his speed, then just remain at that speed. There’s no stop-start to his game despite what the combine numbers may suggest.
If he can improve his inconsistencies, then Boykin’s ceiling is extremely high. That makes him a worthy flier in most leagues without much to lose, given his current cost.Follow @dynastyjon
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