EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings started their four-pick flurry in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft by choosing Texas cornerback Kris Boyd with the 217th overall selection.
Boyd is from Gilmer, a town of 5,100-plus that is about two hours due east of Dallas.
He started 33 of 51 games for the Longhorns, totaling 191 career tackles (141 solo), four interceptions, 40 passes defended, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
View photos of Vikings new DB Kris Boyd from Texas who was selected in the seventh round.
Here are five things to know about Boyd:
1. Teamed with Holton Hill
Boyd has a strong connection with Vikings second-year cornerback Holton Hill.
In addition to donning burnt orange together for three seasons, Boyd and Hill, who is from Houston, decided to commit to Texas on the same day.
“That’s my brother,” Boyd said Saturday during a conference call after his selection. “We actually committed to the University of Texas together at the same time on TV, and it’s like, being in this position and actually getting drafted with no control over it, I mean it’s all a blessing, and I’m just thankful for it.”
They’ll be coached by another Texas corner, Jerry Gray, the 21st overall pick of the 1985 NFL Draft (Los Angeles Rams).
2. A strong performance
Boyd showed physical strengths at the combine. He led all cornerbacks with 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.
Boyd also tied for the third-fastest time (4.08 seconds) in the 20-yard shuttle, the 10th-fastest time (6.94 seconds) in the 3-cone drill and tied for eighth (4.45 seconds) in the 40-yard dash among cornerbacks this year.
After being rated in the top 10 cornerbacks nationally as a senior in high school, Boyd contributed on defense and played special teams in his first season in Austin.
He cracked the starting lineup in 2016 and opened 33 of his final 35 games, eventually garnering placement on the Associated Press All-Big 12 Second Team in 2017, an All-Big 12 First Team nod in 2018 and an invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl in January.
4. High school champ
Boyd played cornerback and running back for the Gilmer Buckeyes and was selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-America Bowl and Nike’s 2014 “The Opening.” The 4A All-State defensive back totaled 1,052 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 107 carries in helping Gilmer go 16-0 and win the 4A Division 2 title in 2014.
He also was a member of the 800-meter relay team that set the Texas record.
5. Football family
Boyd has multiple Longhorns and former NFL players in his family.
One cousin, Curtis Brown, played three seasons with Pittsburgh (2011-13). Another, Bobby Taylor, had a 10-season pro career (Philadelphia, 1995-2003; Seattle, 2004). Boyd’s brother, Demarco, is a Longhorns linebacker.