He has good hands and a large catch radius to go up and get the ball. Teams needing a red-zone threat and a receiver who can snag the ball on timing routes will consider him a fifth-round talent.
He is a good option in short and intermediate routes and a catcher who can adjust to the ball well to bring in nearly every ball thrown his way. He is physical downfield and makes his presence felt on the edge in the run game.
He is not elusive after the catch by any stretch of the imagination, though he can break arm tackles from smaller cornerbacks."
He exhibits "plus" initial lateral quickness of the line, but when he's asked to beat press he has the ability to get corners off balanced and use his power/length to fend off contact and get into his route.
He lacks the ability to generate great initial separation, but can get in between ball and man and go pluck the football. He possesses good physicality and ball skills when asked to attack the throw.
He also isn't afraid to extend and work the middle of the field, exhibiting a strong set of hands which hold onto the ball well and can absorb contact through the play. However, he will have lapses in concentration and at times puts very catchable balls on the ground.
Exhibits some suddenness out of his breaks as a route runner with good balance, keeping his feet under him and generating a burst down the field on vertical routes and a slight snap on sharply breaking routes.
However, he isn't the cleanest of route runners at this stage, he tends to get sloppy on his vertical routes at times just rounding his way into/out of his break. Lacks the natural explosion to get away with being a sloppy route runner in the NFL.
He exhibits deceptive speed down the field, can shrug off defenders with ease can want to be physical vertically, builds speed as he goes and exhibits the ability to track the throw. He looks very natural high pointing the ball and coming down with the catch.
He's comfortable working from both the inside and out and is a guy who knows how to generate initial separation from each spots. Is a willing blocker, but at times seems content to just go through the motions.
However, he is strong enough to consistently win on the outside when he wants to extend his arms and pump his legs. He's physical after the catch and is shifty enough to side step/break a tackle and get up the field quickly but isn't dynamic in the open field.
Impression: Isn't real explosive off the line but plays quicker down the field, can get off press, separate and go get the football. Also, he will be able to make plays both inside and out at the next level and should be able to earn playing time at both spots in the NFL early in his NFL career."
Has strong, albeit inconsistent, hands that enable him to pluck outside his frame and routinely make contested catches.
Cannot separate vertically and his draft value will be limited until he can show better on stopwatches.
However, Boykin plays faster than he times, has solid intangibles and, on tape, looks like a third-rounder capable of fitting in a West Coast system."
Also a good leaper with a reported vertical of almost 37 inches and has good body control and adjusts well to balls in the air; not all that fast, but is a long strider with an extra gear when the ball is in the air;
Decent runner after the catch with a thick lower body who is difficult to drag down in the open field; however, doesn’t create a lot of separation and doesn’t run particularly crisp routes."