... you best have something better to talk about than his height.
If it's a day ending in 'Y' someone out there is telling us in the newspaper, on twitter or over the radio that the almost-5-10 Brandon Boykin is simply too small to play cornerback outside, where literally every team has multiple 6-5 receivers who all run 4.5-40s.
This is ridiculous.
We can come at this a number of ways. One would be simply linking to this video and then walking away:
I like the one where he jumps over the kids.
Or 0:15 through 0:40 in this one. Also from high school:
If you're more of a "textual analysis" type:
Martinez scouted Boykin as a quarterback, but says "what turned me on was when I watched him play basketball. To see a kid his size dunk a ball like a 6-foot-7 guy. He was just explosive and you saw that this last ballgame."
... Boykin, now 5-foot-10 and 186 pounds, wowed his teammates with a 421/2-inch vertical jump last spring. "It's a freak of nature," linebacker Nick Williams said. "This joker is so short and he gets up so quick and explosive, it's like amazing."
... They don't give out trophies or ribbons for best jump in pregame warmups, but if they did, Richt would crown Boykin champion. "The last couple of games when he comes running towards me he'll do this vertical jump and he jumps about to where my eyes are," Richt said. "He'll lift his feet up that high. It's amazing how high he can jump.
Or maybe you're more of a "numbers guy," in which case we could look at ProFootballFocus to find the 71 cornerbacks who played at least half their teams' snaps last year to see if there's any relationship between height and performance:
The tallest cornerbacks do have the best coverage ratings, but the actual per-attempt stats don't support their superiority when the ball comes to the man they're covering. Shorter CBs, on average, give up fewer touchdowns (per attempt), have more passes defensed (per attempt) and yield fewer yards (per attempt). They also pick off more passes, although that's not shown here.
Notable sub-5-11 cornerbacks include Pacman Jones, Chris Harris, Sheldon Brown (!), Antoine Winfield and that guy who fired his agent.
All else being equal, yes, obviously, you'd love to see Boykin magically grow three inches while keeping all his speed and quickness.
Until that happens, I guess we'll just have to settle for this: