Former TCU star Trevone Boykin has tough path to being NFL quarterback, analysts say

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin will be one of three quarterbacks for Team National in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday. But analysts say his future in the NFL is at wide receiver or as a kick returner.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin will be one of three quarterbacks for Team National in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday. But analysts say his future in the NFL is at wide receiver or as a kick returner. Star-Telegram

Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has a difficult road to becoming an NFL quarterback, analysts said Thursday on ESPNU during a televised practice for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

And, they said, the arrest after a bar fight in San Antonio that led to his suspension from the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 hurts him significantly.

Boykin is one of three quarterbacks playing for Team National guided by former NFL coach Mike Martz in Saturday’s game (5 p.m., ESPN2) in Carson, Calif.

He is ranked 13th among all quarterback prospects by Scouts Inc., and is fifth among the players in the Collegiate Bowl.

In an interview with ESPN played on the telecast, Boykin said “it truly humbled me as I was sitting in the cell, and they gave me my phone and as I was talking with my mom I broke down in tears.

“I’m not really an emotional guy, I don’t cry a lot, but that incident really hurt me inside. I let down my teammates, I let down the city of Fort Worth, I let down TCU, and most of all the people that helped me get to this point to where I was before. It hurt so much. I think I cried for two days.”

ESPN analyst Bill Polian, a former NFL executive who built the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts into Super Bowl teams, said it’s “50-50” whether Boykin is drafted.

“The most important thing is not the bar fight, it’s that he busted curfew the night before a bowl game,” Polian said. “That’s not a good thing to do.”

NFL evaluators now will “go way back, almost to junior high school, to check everything out, trying to see what kind of evaluation you can make of him as a person.

“The first hurdle is, do you want him on your board and do you want him on your team.

“If you get past that I think his future is as a wide receiver. He’s below 6 feet, it’s very difficult to play quarterback in the National Football League.”

Polian said “there are always outliers” as to height, and mentioned Doug Flutie, but noted that Flutie had to go to the Canadian Football League before returning to succeed in the NFL.

Although Boykin doesn’t have future as a quarterback,” Polian said, “he does have a great skill set to be a wide receiver and a return guy.”

Boykin said the humbling experience “lets me know who I can trust and who I can’t trust, and people I need to be hanging around and [people] I don’t need to be hanging around.”

Comments from ESPN and Scout analysts during Thursday’s telecast:

Kevin Weidl, Scouts, Inc: Boykin “is one guy that really needs to improve. He’s a little bit under 6 foot, and struggles a little bit with getting depth in the pocket, seeing over the offensive line. He has missed a few reads. A little bit erratic with his accuracy. Most scouts I’ve talked to think he needs to make a position change. I don’t think it will be bad idea if gets an invite to the [NFL] Combine to take part in wide receiver drills.”

ESPN analyst Greg McElroy, former NFL, Alabama and Southlake Carroll quarterback: “I think he’s genuinely sorry. It’s unfortunate because this was a young man that did everything asked at him at the college level willing to play receiver, willing to play running back. When he stepped in a quarterback he excelled, not even knowing if he was going to play quarterback in his career. He was willing to do everything the coaches asked him.” But McElroy said in the NFL “you become an investment. ... It’s very difficult situation. I absolutely think he’s remorseful, but I don’t think this is something he’ll be able to live down for some time.”

ESPN analyst Dan Hawkins, former Boise State and Colorado coach: “Trevone Boykin, mechanically the thing with a lot of these shotgun [quarterbacks] is they miss getting separation from the line of scrimmage in their drop. ... He’s got a little whip at the back end of his [throwing] motion. It doesn’t allow the ball to come out quite as quick as you’d like it to. I think he’s got great arm strength; he can get it out and he can sting it. And he’s very comfortable just doing some drills on the run.”

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