Brandon Boykin

Brandon Boykin (born July 13, 1990) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens throughout his career.

Brandon Boykin
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Boykin with the Steelers in 2015
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Personal information
Born: (1990-07-13) July 13, 1990 (age 30)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:Fayetteville (GA) Fayette County
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 123
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:146
Forced fumbles:5
Pass deflections:37
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

High school careerEdit

Boykin attended Fayette County High School (Georgia) and played for the varsity football team. In his senior year, he, along with fellow NFL Player Matt Daniels, led the football team into its first undefeated season in over 20 years but lost in the second round of the GHSA playoff. Boykin also played for the school's basketball team where he averaged 18 points and five assists per game while helping lead his team to the State Championship game where he and his team came up short.

College careerEdit

Boykin attended the University of Georgia from 2008 to 2011. He finished his career with 159 tackles, nine interceptions and a sack. As a senior, he was named the MVP of the 2012 Outback Bowl after tackling Keshawn Martin for a safety, and returning a punt 92 yards for a touchdown in a 33–30 triple overtime loss to the Michigan State Spartans. Boykin also won the Paul Hornung Award.[1][2]

Professional careerEdit

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Going into the 2012 NFL Draft, Boykin was projected as one of the best cornerback prospects. He was drafted in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed a four-year contract with the team on May 11, 2012. His first season he recorded 31 total tackles, 7 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble. He saw little playing action on defense, but his 1,037 kick return yards was second in the NFC and seventh in the entire NFL.

Boykin started the 2013 season with his first interception, off Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, helping the Eagles to win 33–27. He recorded his next interception in a week 5 win over the Giants where he picked off Eli Manning. In a week 10 game against the Green Bay Packers who were without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Boykin intercepted quarterback Scott Tolzien's pass in the endzone and ran it back for 76 yards. He followed up again the next week, intercepting Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. In a week 16 game against the Chicago Bears, Boykin intercepted Jay Cutler and ran it back 54 yards for the score. The week 17 showdown against division rival Dallas Cowboys was for the NFC East division title. Late in the fourth quarter the Cowboys marched down the field when back-up quarterback Kyle Orton threw behind his wide receiver, Miles Austin. Boykin intercepted the pass and kneed it after a short return.[3][4] The interception led to the Eagles rushing the ball twice for a first down, then two kneel downs to run out the clock and seal the Eagles' divisional win at a final score of 24–22.[3][4] Boykin enjoyed a breakout year in 2013 with 42 solo tackles, 5 assists, 2 forced fumbles, 16 passes defended, and 6 interceptions (second in the NFL). For the 2014 season, Boykin had 36 solo tackles, 5 assists, 9 passes defended, and an interception.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On August 1, 2015, Boykin was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a conditional 2016 5th-round pick.[5]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On March 28, 2016, Boykin signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.[6] The Panthers released Boykin and two others to create roster space for six new rookie tryouts two months later.[7]

Chicago BearsEdit

On July 27, 2016, Boykin signed with the Chicago Bears.[8] He was placed on the team's injured reserve list on August 3, 2016 due to a pectoral injury suffered during training camp.[9]

Baltimore RavensEdit

On June 5, 2017, Boykin signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[10] He was placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[11]


  1. ^ Boykin goes out with a bang
  2. ^ Brandon Boykin claims Hornung Award
  3. ^ a b "Eagles beat Cowboys to take NFC East title". December 29, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lane, Mark (December 29, 2013). "Postgame Recap: Eagles 24, Cowboys 22". Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers". Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Sessler, Marc (March 28, 2016). "Panthers sign Brandon Boykin to one-year deal". Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 16, 2016). "Panthers release cornerback Brandon Boykin". Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Bell, Allan. "Chicago Bears sign CB Brandon Boykin and WR BJ Daniels".
  9. ^ Smith, Michael (August 3, 2016). "Bears put Brandon Boykin on injured reserve". Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Downing, Garrett (June 5, 2017). "Ravens Sign Two Cornerbacks, Cut Kyle Arrington".
  11. ^ Downing, Garrett (September 2, 2017). "Ravens Make 15 Moves To Set 53-Man Roster Ahead Of 2017 Season". Archived from the original on January 19, 2018.

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