TU's Boyd awaits a call that won't come

By John Rohde Published: April 26, 2008
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The name Walter Boyd will not be uttered this weekend inside Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

This year's NFL Draft is loaded at offensive tackle.

Projections have four being taken in the first half of the first round, eight selected in the first two rounds and at least 15 drafted overall.

Boyd, a 6-foot-2½, 325-pound candidate from Tulsa, will not be one of them.

NFL DraftTracker on ESPN.com ranks the top 55 offensive tackles, and Boyd is not among them.

There's a Baker, Brown, Barton, Bell, Blair and a Byrd, but no Boyd.

"Some teams are projecting me as a left guard,” Boyd said.

DraftTracker also ranks the top 51 offensive guards, and Boyd's name is not there, either.

This is why Boyd is imploring his loving mother, Wynona Evans, to hold off throwing a draft party Sunday in Shawnee.

"Mom's all excited,” Boyd said. "I tell her, ‘Now, don't get all your hopes up.' That's just how she is. That's why I love her.”

The affable Boyd is willing to play any position for any team.

"I'm very open-minded,” Boyd said. "Whatever they want me to do for a paycheck, I'll do it. I'll serve water. It doesn't matter to me.”

Boyd has played all over the football field.

At Shawnee High School, he was a three-year starter as a defensive lineman. He also started some games at tight end and played some fullback.

He was a defensive lineman his first three seasons at Tulsa, then switched to offensive left tackle as a senior because the Golden Hurricane was thin at the position.

TU coach Todd Graham also believed Boyd had more NFL potential as an OT rather than a DT.

Offensive left tackle has become somewhat of a glory position in football, given the ever-growing importance of protecting the blind side of a right-handed quarterback.

The Miami Dolphins did nothing to dissuade this by announcing they will select Michigan's Jake Long with today's No. 1 pick after agreeing to a five-year deal worth $57.75 million, with $30 million guaranteed.

"It's crazy, because you always think the highest-paid player is going to be a quarterback,” Boyd said. "But people really are starting to wise up. Those guys (offensive tackles) are protecting the guy you're paying the most money for, so why not pay them close to it?”

Boyd is more than a tad impressed with Long.

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