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Boykin finds motivation in draft snub

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Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin doesn’t yet possess the reputation — or the vocal cords — of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, but the two men share one very important trait.

They find significant motivation in being overlooked in the draft.

The 154th pick in the 2011 draft, Sherman knows the names of every cornerback picked ahead of him.  Via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, Boykin does, too.

A fourth-round pick in 2012 and the 123rd player taken overall, Boykin constantly is aware of the 11 corners who were selected before him.

It’s over my bed,” Boykin said.  “That’s motivation for me.  It legitimately motivates me.  That’ll never go away.”

So how long will a list that includes Morris Claiborne, Stephon Gilmore, Dre Kirkpatrick, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Josh Robinson, Jamell Fleming, Bill Bentley, Jayron Hosley, Omar Bolden, and Coty Sensabaugh remain in Boykin’s bedroom?

“Every year,” he said. “’Til all of them are out of the league.  Every single one of them. That doesn’t go away.”

As the nickel corner, Boykin participated in roughly half the snaps for Philly this season, but he has had a major impact this season.  While it’s too early to declare that he’ll be the last man standing of the first 12 corners taken in the 2012 draft, his attitude wlll serve him well for however long he plays in the NFL.

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13 Responses to “Boykin finds motivation in draft snub”
  1. johosophat says: Jan 2, 2014 9:38 AM

    Does Casey Hayward not count as a corner back anymore?

  2. foolsgoldstandard says: Jan 2, 2014 9:39 AM

    He seems like a really talented corner and a good kid in general. He’s made some big plays for Philly including the game winning INT last week in Dallas. Hopefully he has a long successful career ahead of him.

  3. fiyeaglesfiy says: Jan 2, 2014 9:41 AM

    Boykin is one of the best nickel corners in the league, but ultimately the reason he fell in the draft was because his small stature limits his effectiveness on the outside. Therefore tough comparison to some of those other guys. He excels in the slot and that’s becoming an increasingly more valuable position as the NFL has become a pass-first league and teams run a lot of multiple wr sets.

  4. fiyeaglesfiy says: Jan 2, 2014 9:41 AM

    Boykin is one of the best nickel corners in the league, but ultimately the reason he fell in the draft was because his small stature limits his effectiveness on the outside. Therefore tough comparison to some of those other guys. He excels in the slot and that’s becoming an increasingly more valuable position as the NFL has become a pass-first league and teams run a lot of multiple wr sets.

  5. fiyeaglesfiy says: Jan 2, 2014 9:41 AM

    Boykin is one of the best nickel corners in the league, but ultimately the reason he fell in the draft was because his small stature limits his effectiveness on the outside. Therefore tough comparison to some of those other guys. He excels in the slot and that’s becoming an increasingly more valuable position as the NFL has become a pass-first league and teams run a lot of multiple wr sets.

  6. nyeagles10 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    he’s such a beastt

  7. djshnooks says: Jan 2, 2014 10:32 AM

    Undrafted Nickell Robey up in Buffalo IS the best slot-corner in the league this year, according to PFF.

    But to compare Boykin to Gilmore is hilarious.

  8. primenumber19 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:35 AM

    A lot of those guys will remain better than him, especially Gilmore who is already a top 10 cb and is on the verge of being elite.

  9. thebirdofprey2 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:14 AM

    An excellent nickel CB is just as valuable as the guys lining up outside. I didn’t watch many Eagles games but I just read someone said if there was an All Pro for a slot CB it would be Brandon Boykin which is high praise.

    I think the chip on his shoulder doesn’t hurt. Nice find Eagles.

  10. meatcarroll says: Jan 2, 2014 11:18 AM

    Boykin is one of the best nickel corners in the league, but ultimately the reason he fell in the draft was because his small stature limits his effectiveness on the outside. Therefore tough comparison to some of those other guys. He excels in the slot and that’s becoming an increasingly more valuable position as the NFL has become a pass-first league and teams run a lot of multiple wr sets.

  11. mungman69 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:34 AM

    Go Boykin Go

  12. jackmayhoffer says: Jan 2, 2014 9:02 PM

    Mouth Sherman would have been drafted higher is his college coach shot him up full of steroids like his current coach does. Bummed I have to wait another week to watch those failures lose in the divisional round like last year.

  13. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 2, 2014 9:59 PM

    If he can keep that chip on his shoulder, he’ll be fine. Sherman definitely isn’t the best athlete on the field, but is an elite corner because he plays with that chip and that competitive edge.

    And a slot corner is every bit as valuable as the outside guys.

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