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Continued: Non-seniors flock to draft, and to NFL Combine

  • Article by: MASTER TESFATSION , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 20, 2014 - 1:19 AM

Yet those who think this is a problem don’t have a solution at the moment, not even Saban. He said he believes it begins when players receive unprecedented attention in high school and carry those expectations with them up the ranks.

All teams can do is evaluate the players, and they all seem thankful to receive an extra two weeks with the draft pushed back to May this year.

“I think it’s as deep of a draft class as I’ve ever seen, and a lot of it has to do with all the juniors coming out,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. “There’s a lot of depth at a lot of positions.”

The interviews at the NFL combine will be an important opportunity for teams to interact with the underclassmen; Spielman said the Vikings hope to have one of their representatives “get in front of” each of the more than 300 players here.

And for Boyd, interviewing should be a strong point.

“I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to as a player [at Clemson] but at the same time I grew that much more,” Boyd said. “Anytime you have room for growing while you’re in college, you definitely got to take advantage of it before you make that next leap.”

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