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Minnesota Vikings select Texas CB Kris Boyd with 217th pick in 2019 NFL Draft

After capping his college career on a high note, the all-conference corner is now the latest addition to the Vikings.

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Kris Boyd is now the latest former Texas Longhorns defensive back to enter the NFL, as the Minnesota Vikings selected the physical prospect with the 217th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

A seventh-round selection, Boyd’s entry into the NFL follows a 2018 campaign in which the Gilmer product boasted a résumé that featured 67 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, an interception, and an exceptional 17 passes defended en route to All-Big 12 First-Team honors. Collectively, Boyd capped his collegiate career with 33 starts in 51 appearances, totaling 141 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, and 40 passes defended along the way.

Beyond the raw numbers, though, Boyd’s final season on the Forty Acres saw the three-year starter emerge as an undisputed leader on the Longhorns defense and blossom into a legitimate NFL prospect behind his elite physical upside.

Physically, Boyd’s is nothing short of a phenomenal prospect, as evident by his praiseworthy testing efforts. At the NFL Combine, Boyd posted a 4.45 40-yard dash, which ranked eighth-fasted among all cornerbacks, and his 19 bench press reps headlined his position. Elsewhere, Boyd registered a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a 4.08-second shuttle, and a 6.94-second three-cone drill; each of which is further evidence of his elite raw athleticism.

Boyd looks the part, too, standing at a stout 5’11, 201 pounds, which has earned him a reputation entering the draft as a big, physical prospect, and his playing style matches that description. That much becomes apparent often times as soon as the ball is snapped, as Boyd isn’t afraid to take risks and utilize his strong hands to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and crowd and body big receivers on into bump-and-run coverage. Those same active hands become an asset for Boyd when making a play on the ball, as he’s able to separate the ball from the receiver at the last moment in what would often otherwise be a completed catch.

Though his raw athleticism is undeniable and was enough to thrive as a senior, Boyd remains fairly rough around the edges, which is understandable to an extent given that he learned under three separate cornerbacks coaches at Texas and didn’t enjoy guidance from the same source for two consecutive seasons until 2017-18 after the arrival of Jason Washington.

Boyd will require continued development throughout the coming years, primarily in regards to technique and mechanics. But his long-term upside should Boyd develop his noted deficiencies could see the latest NFL-bound Longhorns defensive back blossom into a consistent contributor at cornerback for the Vikings, where he’ll join former teammate, cornerback Holton Hill.

In the meantime, Boyd will likely begin his professional career by cutting his teeth as special teams contributor.

The full scouting report on Kris Boyd can be found here.