Tajh Boyd talks about being drafted to the NY Jets. (May 10, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -
In the sixth round, with the 213th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the New York Jets selected former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Boyd will join second-year pro Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick, who was signed in this offseason in free agency, behind center for the Jets.
Jets coach Rex Ryan got a firsthand look at Boyd last year, when his son, Seth, joined Clemson's squad as a walk-on freshman wide receiver, where Boyd was the starting quarterback.
Last year, Boyd threw for 3,851 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
FOX Carolina's own Aaron Cheslock sat down in a one-on-one interview with the former Tigers quarterback-gone-pro about his fall in the draft, and why he's excited about his upcoming journey with the Jets.
"It was exciting to get the call from Rex Ryan, John Idzik and the whole staff up there," Boyd said. "So I'm excited for it, and I can't wait to get up there."
Boyd leaves the Tigers tied with the most wins by a Clemson starting quarterback.
He said he is ready to catch onto the Jets' offense quickly, as he will have to battle for snaps against Smith and Vick.
"I've never been in a situation where I've been competing to be a backup," Boyd said. "If I'm competing for a starting position, then cool, but again, it's something I have to grow into and Geno's earned that position, he's earned that role, but nothing is guaranteed in this profession except an opportunity and a chance. And that's all I need, that's all I want and I'm gonna go make the most out of it."
Looking back, Boyd may have been drafted higher after his junior season following the Tigers' comeback win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU in 2012, but he said he does not regret or wish for anything different.
When asked if he wished he had come out for the draft last year, he replied, "Not at all, cause you get to see everything in two-fold, it was an experience in itself to go win the Orange Bowl, something that hadn't been done here since '81, to kind of get the senior bowl regardless if it was good or not. To experience that, to experience the type of adversity you had to deal with, it helps you in the long run."
Boyd said he will always be a Tiger, but now he is focusing on battling for playing time in New York.
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