Round 4: Eagles draft CB Brandon Boykin

Round 4: Eagles draft CB Brandon Boykin
April 28, 2012, 5:40 pm

Most fourth-round picks wont be expected to play immediately.

That might not be the case with cornerback Brandon Boykin (see bio), whom the Eagles selected Saturday out of Georgia with the 123rd overall pick.

A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, Boykin has extensive experience in the slot, and the Eagles, now that Asante Samuel has been dealt to Atlanta, are looking for someone to challenge veteran Joselio Hanson for that job.

Also in the running are second-year pro Curtis Marsh, a third-round pick last year, and veteran Brandon Hughes.

Boykin wasn't surprised to be coming to Philadelphia. He said he talked to the Eagles during the Combine and Senior Bowl.

"They're definitely one of the teams I was talking to throughout the process. I'm really excited to be an Eagle for sure," Boykin said.

He should be excited because he'll have a chance to compete for significant playing time.

"They do play a lot of slot," Boykin said. "Me being a slot guy, I feel like I'm somebody that can come in and compete in the slot. I can play inside and outside. I can be a return man, a kick returner and punt returner. I'm expecting them to be using me in a lot of ways."

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