Chris Boyd has a lot to do to impress at the NFL Draft combine, but it's his personality that he'll need to convince coaches is all good and not his football ability.
The former Vanderbilt receiver, was dismissed from the team for his after-the-fact involvement in an alleged rape, hopes to prove he’s not the villain some might think.
He also wants to show he’s ready for the NFL despite sitting out the entire 2013 season.
“I know the questions are coming,” Boyd told the Tennessean. “And I am ready to tell my side of what happened, and it will clear up a lot of the misconceptions about what really did happen. I know everyone is going to want to know about it, and I understand that.”
“I was raised to be polite and have manners. If I just be myself, I think people will understand that I am a good guy, I come from a good family, and I mean well,” Boyd said.
“I would never want to hurt anybody or do anything harmful to anyone. I think once people get to know me and spend some time around me, it will be pretty obvious. I’m not a bad guy.”
Boyd, 22, entered a conditional guilty plea to a misdemeanour charge for his role in attempting to cover up the alleged crimes. In September, he was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation and as part of his plea, agreed to testify against the others.
In his two seasons at Vanderbilt, Boyd racked up 81 catches for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns. He joined Jordan Matthews to form one of the SEC’s most potent receiving tandems and was on the 2013 Biletnikoff Watch list.