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Saturday, April 27, 2019 4:30 pm

Baltimore Ravens select Miles Boykin in third round

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

For the second straight day, the NFL Draft was quiet on the Notre Dame front until the action was almost over. After Jerry Tillery went with the 28th pick in the first round Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens chose wide receiver Miles Boykin with the 30th pick in the third round.

Boykin, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound wideout, was the 500th pick from Notre Dame in the history of the draft and could provide a boost for young Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson as the latter heads into his first season as the full-time starter.

The Tinley Park, Illinois native wasn't always dominant on the outside in his time at Notre Dame, but he had a few games – such as the 2018 Citrus Bowl, when he caught three passes for 102 yards and a touchdown against LSU's vaunted secondary – in which his talent was obvious and he made several enormous plays in his Irish career. Boykin finished his senior season with 59 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns.

His Combine performance drove home how good he can be in the league, as he ran a blistering 4.42 40 and posted a dazzling 43.5-inch vertical leap. Combined with his size and strength, those numbers are enough to make him a potential game-changer if he refines his technique a bit.

"Boykin's size, length and athleticism offers exciting potential as an outside receiver with mismatch potential, but he will have to learn how to counter press, improve his routes and become more competitive when the ball is in the air," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote. "His size won't matter if he doesn't learn to impose it on others. If that happens, he'll become an eventual starter with a high ceiling."

Boykin ends up in a great situation for immediate success. The Ravens went 10-6 and won the AFC North in 2018 before bowing to the Los Angeles Chargers in the playoffs. Jackson is a talented quarterback with a strong arm and Boykin's large catch radius will help with some of the accuracy issues the quarterback had as a rookie. The Notre Dame wideout could be an immediate hit with the Ravens. He joins fellow Irish alum offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley in Baltimore.

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