Trevone Boykin threw passes, caught passes and fielded punts at TCU’s Pro Day on Thursday. Boykin made it clear he hopes to play quarterback in the NFL, but left open the possibility of changing positions.
“If a team wants me to play receiver, I’ll play receiver,” Boykin said. “If a team has a vision for me getting in at quarterback, I’ll play quarterback. I’m fully committed to playing football. That’s what I am — a football player.”
The Vikings had coach Mike Zimmer and their GM at TCU, watching Josh Doctson. The Cowboys had Derek Dooley on hand.
The Horned Frogs drew all 32 teams to the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility. Many of the scouts came to see receiver Josh Doctson, projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick.
Cincinnati, a possible destination for Doctson, sent offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. The Minnesota Vikings’ contingent included general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, and Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead and Dallas Cowboys receivers coach Derek Dooley also were on hand.
They got a good look at the 6-foot-2, 204-pound Doctson in position drills and heard nothing but good things from those who know him best.
“Josh is very serious about football,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I think that’s the biggest thing about Josh is that he’s made himself into being the player that he is.
“He’s a smart player. He has an unbelievable vertical game, and he’s become faster, and he’s become bigger as he’s gotten faster, which is what happens if you get in the right thing in the weight room, off-season stuff and all that. He’s done that.”
Trevone Boykin was 34-of-38 passing. Josh Doctson dropped one pass, three others were bad throws.
While Doctson had nothing else to prove Thursday, it was a big day for Boykin. He completed 34 of 38 passes in a script compiled by IMG Academy quarterbacks coach Rich Bartel. Thirty-four of the passes came from under center and 17 were play-action.
“We just wanted to showcase some footwork he’s never done,” said Bartel, the former Grapevine, Tarleton State and Cowboys quarterback. “There’s a lot of shotgun in the NFL, but if you are under center, there’s no more straight seven-step dropbacks. Everything you do is play-action pass.”
Doctson dropped one of Boykin’s passes, and three others were bad throws.
“It’s hard to be perfect,” Boykin said. “If I could go back and change it, there would probably be some things I would do different. It’s something that, like I say, you always leave for room for improvement.”
I put it all out there just to let them know I’m all about playing football.
Trevone Boykin, who passed, caught passes and went outside to field punts at TCU Pro Day.
Boykin also ran eight routes, catching every pass, and then went outside and fielded punts. He has a little experience at receiver, having caught 28 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown in his career.
“I’m pretty sure it was some stuff people wanted to see,” Boykin said. “I put it all out there just to let them know I’m all about playing football.”
Boykin passed for 10,727 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career. He expects to get a shot at quarterback, with Seattle and New Orleans having shown interest. Atlanta has scheduled a workout with him for April 12, and Boykin will attend the Cowboys’ Dallas Day workouts on April 8.
“That’s definitely what I want,” the 6-foot, 213-pounder said of playing quarterback. “I’m hoping I get a chance at quarterback. Today was just another steppingstone for me to go out there and prove that I can actually do it.”
We just wanted to showcase some footwork he’s never done.
Former Cowboys reserve QB Rich Bartel, who scripted the passing format for Trevone Boykin at TCU’s Pro Day
While some scouts left still uncertain about Boykin’s NFL future, Bartel and Patterson believe Boykin can play quarterback in the NFL. It’s only a matter of one team giving him a chance, Patterson said.
“He took a lot of criticism his sophomore year,” Patterson said. “I heard a lot of, ‘I’m not going to buy my season tickets if he’s going to be the quarterback.’ A lot of them have probably changed their mind, too.”
Staff writer Carlos Mendez contributed to this report.