PHS standout Josh Boyd drafted by NFL's Packers
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:00 AM
Former Philadelphia High School Tornado Josh Boyd was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in last weekend's NFL draft.
Boyd, who played on the defensive line for four years at Mississippi State University following his graduation from Philadelphia, went in the fifth round Saturday. He was the 167th player picked in the draft.
"I was getting nervous," Boyd said. "I was at my mom's house and some relatives had come over. She was nervous, too.
"They had told me I would probably be drafted in the middle rounds so I really started watching when they got to the third round. When they called my name, man it was great. I was so happy."
Earlier this year, Boyd played in both the Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl. He talked to numerous pro scouts during that time but Boyd said he did not know that the Packers would be interested.
"It's just such a great honor to be drafted by a great team like the Packers," Boyd said. "They have a lot of history, and they go to the playoffs every year. I just want to work hard, improve myself, and do what I can to help them win another Super Bowl.
"I talked to all of the coaches (on Saturday) and they went over what I would be doing," Boyd said. "I will be going up to Green Bay on May 9 and I'll be there for a month and a half. I'll be going through rookie camp doing other things."
Those who cover the Packers say Boyd is expected to fit in well on the Green Bay defensive line. According to one post-draft reviewer, "Boyd can probably play all three defensive line positions, but we'll stick him in behind Wilson and Jones in this exercise."
According to another scouting report: "Boyd has decent strength with the ability to anchor effectively. He's a good athlete in space with agile, fluid movements. Boyd has a pretty good burst/quickness which he seems to use well in pursuit. Watching him back-peddle and flip his hips might be his rarest and most impressive attribute.
"At 6'3" 310-pounds, Boyd looks the part of an NFL defensive tackle. But many teams will be concerned with his arm length (32-inches) especially considering it seems to hold him back significantly on film. However, it should be worth noting that in terms of overall physical tools, Boyd is certainly in the same ball park as the highly touted Sharrif Floyd," the report concluded.
Boyd started playing football in the seventh grade at Philadelphia Middle School. By the time he had finished his career with the Tornadoes under Coach Teddy Dyess, he just about had done it all. He was a Dandy Dozen standout, played in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game, and was chosen to play in the U.S. Army High School game in San Antonio, Texas.
Boyd signed with Mississippi State and played four seasons with the Bulldogs in the rugged Southeastern Conference.
"It was a long road while I was going through it," Boyd said. "But looking back, it seems like everything went by so fast."
Other Philadelphia High School standouts who played for the NFL include Marcus Dupree for the Rams and Fred McAfee for the Saints.
Neshoba Central standouts who played for the NFL included Tim Edwards for the Patriots, Derek Hoskins for the Raiders and Tyrone Rush for the Red Skins.