Is Trevone Boykin The Next Ryan Tannehill?
Did you ever see 20 Feet From Stardom? The movie chronicles backup singers from bands like the Rolling Stones, Sting and Bruce Springsteen that were unable to step into lead singer role. Some are happy to settle as background singers. Others have always wanted to step into the spotlight -- the lead singer role.
If a football team's offense was a band, wide receiver would be the backup singer and quarterback would be the lead. They're 20 feet from each other, but of course, the positions couldn't be more different.
Both Trevone Boykin and Ryan Tannehill made the jump from wide receiver to quarterback. They both did so in a spread offense. Boykin doesn't quite have the size that Tannehill does. Tannehill is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and Boykin is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. Boykin's size is comparable to former-first-rounder Teddy Bridgwater.
So, can Trevone Boykin do what Ryan Tannehill did? Can he prove that he is an NFL-worthy quarterback?
It's not a perfect path for him to follow, but Boykin could make it work.
Boykin has made leaps in development since his first year as quarterback in 2012. During his second year, he spent some time as a wide receiver, which makes his development all the more impressive. But from an improvement standpoint, he has come further than Tannehill, who was much more successful his first year as a quarterback. But teams want an MVP not an MIP. That said, Boykin is now head and shoulders above the 2011 version of Tannehill.
In 2011, Tannehill's senior year, he completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 2744 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also rushed for 306 yards and four touchdowns.
As a junior, Boykin has 2,466 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions through eight games. He has rushed for 423 yard and four touchdowns. The one imperative improvement he must make is accuracy. His completion percentage, which is below 60 percent. That is paramount for NFL franchises. Otherwise, he is on pace to annihilate Tannehill's numbers. He's also a winner. What he did against West Virginia and nearly did against Baylor was spectacular. And NFL scouts are taking notice.
Boykin's success could make him a viable candidate for the Heisman Trophy. It could make his team a viable candidate for the College Playoffs. And, eventually, he could be a viable candidate for the first round of the NFL Draft. He's got composure and has learned to make sound decisions. He's beginning to make NFL throws and has all of the physical necessities of an NFL quarterback -- and more.
Tannehill has laid out a red carpet. Boykin should follow a similar path, and he could be playing on Sundays.
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