Saturday, May 12, 2012

Eagles sign 3 more draft picks and rookie QB

The Eagles signed three more 2012 draft choices to four-year contracts: CB Brandon Boykin, G Brandon Washington and RB Bryce Brown as well as undrafted rookie quarterback Jacory Harris.

Boykin, one of the most versatile players in college football and the 2011 winner of the Paul Hornung Award, set an SEC record with four career kickoff return touchdowns and notched program benchmarks at Georgia with 110 kickoff returns for 2,663 yards. As a cornerback, Boykin registered 159 tackles and nine interceptions in 38 starts for the Bulldogs. In addition to his duties as a defensive back and return specialist, Boykin has also seen time as a running back, “Wildcat” quarterback, a coverage man on both kickoff and punt teams, and at holder. A team captain as a senior in 2011, he earned second-team All-SEC honors after making 55 tackles, 11 stops for loss (most for an SEC defensive back), and three interceptions for a defense that ranked fifth in the nation, allowing 270.2 yards per game. The Fayetteville, GA, native earned All-America honors as a sophomore returner in 2009 from The NFL Draft Report after notching three return touchdowns on 38 kickoffs for 988 yards.

A three-year letter winner out of Miami (FL), Washington compiled a streak of 25 straight starts at both tackle and guard in his junior and senior seasons. As a senior in 2011, Washington started all 12 games at left tackle for the Hurricanes after starting 13 contests at left guard in 2010. The Miami, FL, native earned all-state honors as an offensive lineman and defensive tackle as he helped lead Northwestern High School to a state title and national championship. He attended Lincoln High School his first three years.

A former USA Today and Parade Magazine high school All-American, Brown suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the opening game of the 2011 season at Kansas State. He transferred to Kansas State in 2010 in order to play with his older brother, Arthur, and sat out that season due to NCAA regulations. The Wichita, Kansas, native rushed for 460 yards as a freshman at Tennessee in 2009. Coming out of Wichita East high school, Brown was ranked as the best recruit in the country by Rivals.com and was tabbed as a Top-15 prospect by Sports Illustrated.  

A three-year starter at Miami (FL), Harris (6-4, 195) compiled 8,826 passing yards and 70 touchdowns, while adding five rushing scores.  He finished his career ranked second in school history in both yards and touchdowns, behind Ken Dorsey (9,486 yards; 86 touchdowns). He was selected as the team’s recipient of the 2011 Offensive Most Outstanding Player award, as well as the 2010 Community Service Man of the Year award.

A native of Miami, FL, Harris was an All-America performer and a national champion at Northwestern High School in Miami. He was a high school and college teammate of Washington.
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