The NFL draft has become a huge spectacle in the world of sports. It’s filmed on ESPN and the first round is aired during primetime hours. The draft isn’t for another few months, but it’s already in the headlines. Now is the time when underclassmen announce their plans to either go to the draft or return to school. Also, every move by every player is scrutinized under NFL microscopes.
Earlier this morning, it was announced that TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested after getting into an altercation at a club where he allegedly hit a cop. He was charged with a third degree felony of hitting a public official and later posted $5,000 bond. The senior quarterback has been one of the best quarterbacks in the country the last couple of years. Last season, Boykin passed for just under 4,000 yards and rushed for just over 700 yards and totaled 41 touchdowns. With that performance last year, he was named to the All-American Second Team and was the preseason favorite for the Heisman trophy. This season, Boykin put up over 4,000 yards of total offense and racked up 40 touchdowns. Boykin’s NFL draft stock was always in question, due to his size and lack of throwing the ball downfield.
Following last nights incident, Boykin was suspended from their upcoming bowl game against Oregon. With TCU already down star wide receiver Josh Doctson for the game, the Alamo Bowl could become very well become a blowout.
Also earlier today, a trio of top prospects announced their plans to enter the NFL Draft. The top two quarterbacks in Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch declared for the NFL draft, as did Ohio State star defensive end Joey Bosa.
Goff, from California, was expected to put together a great junior season, and he didn’t disappoint. Goff excelled in Cal’s “Bear Raid”offense, which loves to spread the field and throw it. Goff established himself as an NFL prospect last year, tossing 35 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. This season, he turned Cal around and threw for 4,700 yards and 43 touchdowns. The 6’4 quarterback has NFL size and arm strength that makes him a potential top 10 pick in the draft. In multiple mock drafts, NFL analysts have him going number seven, to the local San Francisco 49ers. Goff went out in style, throwing six touchdowns in an Armed Forces victory over Air Force. It will be an interesting battle between him and Lynch for the number one quarterback taken.
Paxton Lynch is the biggest riser in the draft. The 6’7 giant has been compared to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger due to size, arm strength and mobility. Lynch announced his plans to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft this morning. The Memphis quarterback was taught under qb guru Justin Fuente and the two of them led the turnaround of Memphis football, who shocked college football fans across the country with their win over Ole Miss. For the season, Lynch threw 28 touchdowns to just four interceptions, establishing himself as a top tier quarterback. The Florida native rose all the up to number one on some draft boards, but following a bad performance against Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl, the junior quarterbacks stock may be on the way down.
The consensus top overall prospect is joey Bosa from Ohio State. The junior defensive end lit up college football last season with 13.5 sacks, anchoring the national champion defense. This season has shown a drop in overall production, with just five sacks. But Bosa has been double or triple teamed just about every down. Bosa has consistently getting pressures, but is just a second late getting to the quarterback due to the attention that he has been receiving from opposing offenses. The Ft. Lauderdale native has drawn comparisons to J.J Watt, because of his size and motor. Bosa will have the chance to cement his number one overall status against Notre Dame, where he’ll go up against potential top five pick Ronnie Stanley in the Fiesta Bowl.
All three of these juniors have the potential to go top 10. NFL scouts love the potential that each of these players have, because they can be stars and turn around NFL franchises. Bosa, Lynch and Goff have some of the highest ceilings in this years class. As for Boykin, his draft stock was in question even before his incident. And now due to the fact that he has off the field issues, it will be difficult for him to find any team that wants to draft him.
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