The final list of underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft was announced on Friday and while there were some strange ones on the list, like Texas RB Chris Warren, his teammate was a little wiser. Cornerback Kris Boyd is coming back for his senior season in Austin.
This wasn’t a shocker, but at the same time, there was no confirmation from Texas previously that Boyd was definitely coming back.
Boyd took to Twitter to show he’s already focused on having a Big 2018 season.
Can’t even explain the anticipation I already have to ball with my brothers this year!😤 Promise you we on a mission!
— kris boyd™ (@kris23db) January 19, 2018
Considering all the quality players that the Longhorns are losing to graduation and/or the NFL Draft, this is a big keep for Tom Herman and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington.
Boyd finished the season fifth on the team with 57 tackles, 15 pass break ups and two interceptions. But most Longhorns faithful will tell you that Boyd had a sporadic season, at best, with mental errors hurting him at times. When he played his best, he looked NFL ready, at his worst, it was FCS ready. Had he declared for the NFL Draft, Boyd was looking at a mid-late round pick, at best.
So this was a smart move by Boyd to come back, get another season under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando to hone his craft, become more consistent and also become a leader on this defense that will be looking for one.