COMMENTARY | Wikipedia states on its Jarrett Boykin's page that NFL scouts didn't think very highly of him entering the 2012 draft.
The Wikipedia entry under scouting says of Boykin, "However, he was also said to be slow off of blocks and had average suddenness to get out of coverage with inconsistent hands."
That opinion must have persisted through the 2012 draft as Boykin ultimately wasn't picked. He was then signed as an undrafted rookie by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It didn't take long before the Jaguars cut Boykin from the team altogether.
For a wide receiver scouts tabbed as "slow off of blocks," Jarrett Boykin sure seems to get open a lot.
After appearing in 10 games so far in 2013, Boykin has accumulated some impressive numbers. The rookie wideout has 42 catches, 619 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns so far this season.
It certainly must help Boykin that opposing defenses probably game plan extensively for his talented teammates James Jones and Jordy Nelson. That being said, Boykin has leveraged his opportunities when coverage schemes likely make him the most open Packer receiver.
Boykin was clutch in the Packers recent game against the Dallas Cowboys. The young wideout put up 6 catches and 83 yards in a thrilling comeback led by Matt Flynn. Quarterback and wide receiver were both cut by NFL teams last year (Flynn more than one), so the win must have been especially sweet for that pair in particular.
Obviously, the Green Bay Packers miss their sensational wide receiver Randall Cobb quite a bit this year. However, Boykin has stepped in admirably to ease the team's pain -- and then some.
As the regular season winds down, chatter about the Offensive Rookie of the Year will start zeroing in on Boykin's teammate, Eddie Lacy, as well as San Diego Charger receiver, Keenan Allen. As I wrote a couple days ago, it looks like with two games to go as if the award might be Lacy's to lose.
However, when one considers that Boykin did not play in the first four games of the year, it's easy to see how his numbers compare favorably with other young, emerging receivers around the league.
Taking Boykin's average statistics from the 10 games he has appeared in and applying them to the four games he missed puts Boykin right up there with Keenan Allen in terms of production. Adding Boykin's forecasts to his season totals increases his statistics to 59 catches, 866 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
As a comparison, Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate Keenan Allen has 63 receptions, 931 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns so far this season. Aside from Allen's edge in the red zone, the two player's full-year statistics are extremely close.
Obviously, Boykin hasn't played the whole year, so those totals are a little deceiving. Additionally, Boykin isn't a rookie. However, his experience in 2012 was minimal as he only appeared for the Packers in late October. In terms of absolute experience in the league, Boykin is actually a lot more comparable to Allen than most of his own peers from 2012.
After going undrafted and being cut in the NFL almost immediately, Boykin has been both unexpected and impressive during his team's time of need. Boykin won't be included in any Rookie of the Year discussions in 2013, but that certainly does not mean he isn't one of the most exciting young players at the position.
Looking toward next year the Packers have to be excited about their prospects at wide receiver. Assuming they can re-sign James Jones, they'll have a star-studded group that also includes Boykin, Cobb, and veteran Jordy Nelson.
That's a quartet that few teams in the NFL can compete with -- on either side of the ball.
Andrew Prochnow is a derivatives trader by day and a Green Bay Packers fan by night. He is a regular contributor at Yahoo Sports and The Bleacher Report. Tweet him @AndrewProchnow.
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