Route Running –Gets torn to shreds at the LOS. Putting a defender in his face may as well totally eliminate him from the play. Struggles to stack and does not show a strong grasp on importance of adjusting route stems to amplify throwing windows for his quarterback based on defensive leverage.
Hands –He's got soft enough hands, but question his strength to squeeze the football. He's let several receptions slip through the cracks with late arriving defenders batting at the football and forcing him to drop the football after he's had it established.
Contested Catch Ability –He's got surreal size and can certainly attack the football with aggression to high point and steal a reception. That said, he's slow to react to back shoulder throws on the boundary, or much too early to peel back. Poor timing when addressing the ball.
Run After Catch Ability –Big, strong. Like his open field potential and he can be more of a natural when he's trying to stave off contact from would-be tacklers in the secondary. He's got the needed explosiveness to turn foot races into house calls.
Football IQ –Generally speaking gives off a very poor vibe regarding intent behind his actions. He knows his route, knows his blocking assignment. But his technique, his instinct and his feel for the game are sorely lacking qualities.
Vertical Receiving –He's got plenty of speed but his ability to create separation in these instances can't help but leave you wanting more. He's pretty ineffective trying to work over the top of leveraged defenders. Does not pick up the ball in flight favorably.
Change of Direction Skills –His natural quickness and burst give a very different impression than what he offers with pads on. There's extra steps, drifting up the field on his breaks, not a lot of deliberate, explosive cuts or changed of momentum in the secondary.
Speed –He's got terrific long speed and an explosive first step. Defenses conceding a clean release are asking to get burned, as he's got massive strides and explosive linear power to generate a lot of power in little time at all.
Competitive Toughness –Does not play to his potential. Gets pushed around too much and needs to realize the value in his strength can only take him so far. Tries to body defensive backs but is wild in initiating contact, so he's not compact and sufficient with his challenges.
Blocking Ability –All the potential in the world. Needs to stop looking for kill shots every time he touches someone. Effective crack blocks to step down from the boundary and pick off linebackers off the second level to clear the edge and let his back gain space.
PROSPECT COMPARISON - Stephen Hill
BEST TRAIT – Athleticism
WORST TRAIT – Route Tree
BEST FILM – Stanford (2018)
WORST FILM – Vanderbilt (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
What an exciting prospect Miles Boykin could develop into. He'll need plenty of time, patience and coaching, however. Boykin is primed to enter the league with minimal technique, he's far too prone to lean on his size and athletic ability vs. creating separation with his feet and his route stems/breaks. Boykin gets knocked around at the LOS and struggles to stack man to man coverage with consistency, rendering his rare physical skills as nearly useless.
Round Grade: Sixth Round