Texas cornerback Kris Boyd feels he’s a first-round talent. That’s how much confidence he has in himself of making it at the next level.
“I feel like I’m the best corner out there,” Boyd said last month following a training session at APEC in Fort Worth.
Boyd then listed the reasons.
“I have everything all around the board,” Boyd said. “Physicality. The work ethic. The drive. I go hard every play, every day. I feel like I’m a perfect fit and I’m versatile. I have the speed. It’s all there.
“And I’m one of the best team players. Anything I do is for my team, to better them. I’m going hard every rep. Pretty much whatever they’re looking for in a player, I’m going to give my all.”
We’re talking about the 19 reps on the 225-pound bench press, the most among cornerbacks and tied for fifth-most among all defensive backs. We’re talking about the 4.45-second 40-yard dash. We’re talking about the 4.08-second short shuttle.
“I heard people say I can’t run and I laughed,” Boyd said. “Top-end speed, vertical ball speed … it’s all funny to me. I’m ready to go out there and do what I do.”
All those numbers translate well for Boyd to boost his draft stock, and he’ll be looking to do even more at Texas’ Pro Day on Wednesday in Austin.
Boyd is viewed similarly to Dallas Cowboys defensive back Chidobe Awuzie coming out of college. Each played cornerback in college, but have signs of possibly playing safety in the NFL.
For Boyd, he’s open to playing whatever position a team feels suits him best. He’s coming off a season in which he started 13 of 14 games, posting 67 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, an interception and 16 pass breakups for the Longhorns.
Boyd acknowledged he can improve his technique and is willing to put work in the film room.
“You can never watch too much film,” Boyd said. “I can play whatever position they want. I have the size and speed for it. Just point me in whatever direction.”
Boyd is ready for the biggest stage, too, after playing at a national power such as Texas. He learned the hard way just how much attention and focus are on players at a high-profile college program.
During his freshman season in 2015, Boyd pulled out his phone during halftime of the TCU game (Texas was getting whipped 37-0 at the time) and went on social media, re-tweeting a plea from a Texas A&M fan for Boyd to transfer.
Four years later, Boyd shakes his head about the incident.
“I feel like that whole situation was blown out of proportion,” Boyd said. “That’s when Twitter was becoming a thing. The older crowd, they didn’t know what they were doing or what it was. The younger generation, if you’re mentioned in something, you’re going to retweet it no matter what it is.
“I did that in high school, but I didn’t know being at the University of Texas and on a stage like that, you were watched so much. So it taught me to watch what I do. I’ve basically crafted myself to be a better man and leader.
“Being in college and maturing all them four years, I came a long way. I want to thank the coaching staff for all their help.”
Now it’s on to the NFL, where players are under a finer microscope. Boyd will be ready for that aspect of it, as well as doing what it takes to make a successful transition on the field.