Boykin leaves Senior Bowl with injury

MOBILE, Ala. — A leg injury put a bad ending on what had been a good week for Georgia’s Brandon Boykin at the Senior Bowl.

Boykin, who played corner on the South team’s second unit and returned kickoffs, hurt his lower right leg on a return in the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and did not return.

The Georgia product was taken to an area hospital for X-rays, according to the Washington Redskins’ training staff, who worked with the South team.

Former UGA quarterback and radio personality Buck Belue reported on his Twitter account Saturday night that Boykin’s leg was broken. But Boykin later tweeted that the injury, “is not as bad as the reports have said. Small set back. b back in 3 weeks!”

The NFL scouting combine begins Feb. 22 in Indianapolis.

It’s a blow for Boykin, who saw his draft stock soar after a dynamic all-around performance in the Outback Bowl. He kept the momentum rolling during Senior Bowl practices, impressing NFL scouts and draft analysts with his ability to battle bigger receivers like Arizona’s 6-foot-2, 220-pound Juron Criner.

Wes Bunting, Director of College Scouting for NationalFootballPost.com, called Boykin (5-9, 183) and North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins the most impressive defensive backs at the Senior Bowl.

Most analysts projected Boykin as a second- or third-round pick, before the injury.

Boykin’s former Bulldog teammates, guard Cordy Glenn and center Ben Jones, also had impressive weeks of practice and started on the South’s offensive line.

Glenn showed why he is expected to be the first Georgia player taken by holding his own against elite defensive talent like North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples and Alabama defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw. Both Coples and Upshaw are projected first-round draft picks. Upshaw said Glenn was the best offensive lineman he faced during the week’s practices.

“I felt like I got better each day and am now one step closer to the NFL,” said Glenn, who is rated as the top offensive guard by several analysts.

Jones also drew rave reviews from coaches and scouts. He’s projected as a second- or third-round pick.

Punter Drew Butler, the fourth UGA product selected to the Senior Bowl, averaged 50.5 yards on four kicks. Butler is considered one of the five best punters available in the draft.

The North team, led by touchdown passes from Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, won 23-13.

Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead was named MVP, after setting a Senior Bowl record with two punt returns totaling 90 yards. Arkansas receiver Joe Adams (eight catches, 133 yards) was named the South team’s most outstanding player.

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