During the process leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, there was really very clear, respectable interest amongst the Pittsburgh Steelers and then-Notre Dame star receiver Miles Boykin.
In standard AFC North vogue although, the Baltimore Ravens swooped in to get the Notre Dame item away from the Steelers, adding a significant, physical speed threat on the outdoors that they hoped could pair with star quarterback Lamar Jackson to make the Ravens’ offense dynamic.
That did not fairly take place in Boykin’s career in Baltimore, as he recorded just 33 receptions for 470 yards and 7 touchdowns in 3 seasons prior to getting reduce, finally landing with the Steelers in the finish.
.@Ravens @Lj_period8 flips this pass 50 yards to @MBoykin814 on the video games 4th engage in. Not a terrible toss for a “running back” 😜🤪💯 #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/HX3IEkiuQF
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) Oct 21, 2019
Now, performing by way of his to start with OTAs with the Steelers at the UPMC Rooney Sports activities Sophisticated on the South Facet, Boykin — who was claimed off waivers by the Steelers on April 19 — talked with the Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette’s Brian Batko about how he “hated” the Steelers’ franchise soon after landing with the Ravens, and how he understood his release from Baltimore was coming.
“It was nuts due to the fact I imagined the Steelers were heading to draft me at first,” Boykin stated Thursday, according to the Submit-Gazette. “But when I bought to Baltimore, it was like, ‘No, I dislike Pittsburgh.’”
Total squad in Notre Dame’s locker home seeing WR Miles Boykin go off at the mix (via @ChaseClaypool)pic.twitter.com/xHWT7jRZwv
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) March 2, 2019
The Steelers confirmed sizeable curiosity with Boykin forward of the 2019 NFL Draft, attending Notre Dame’s Professional Day as Kevin Colbert, Dan Rooney Jr., Phil Kreidler, and Teryl Austin all attended the Preventing Irish’s exercise session. The Steelers also had Boykin in for a pre-draft stop by, and satisfied extensively with him at that year’s Incorporate.
All that get the job done just to see him land in Baltimore.
Of system, all that function wasn’t for naught, as the Ravens eventually slash Boykin, allowing for the Steelers to put a claim on a person who they had lots of background on. Now, with a 2nd chance in the NFL, Boykin is seeking to stick in an business that has a reasonably powerful monitor record at developing broad receivers overall.
Moreover, he gets to reunite with previous school teammate Chase Claypool.
“Just go out there and consider to be a variance maker, no matter if it is unique teams or receiver,” Boykin stated the Steelers instructed him to do immediately after declaring him. “I’m just enthusiastic to get out there and get a prospect to be a playmaker below.”
Pursuing an offseason in which the wide receiver place saw a ton of modify over-all with the losses of JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Ray-Ray McCloud, the chance is there for Boykin to stick all-around awhile in Pittsburgh.