In order to prepare you for the NFL Draft, and when and to where some former Tar Heel football players could go, Keeping It Heel has put together a North Carolina Draft Preview series. Leading up to draft day, we will feature different Tar Heels and their chances for the draft. Today we continue with Tre Boston, and make sure you check back every day until the NFL Draft for more player previews!
Weight: 204 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 3/8”
Hand Length: 9 3/4”
High School: North Ft. Myers High School (Florida)
Carolina Stats and Overview
Tre Boston had a very productive career over the course of four season in Chapel Hill. The 8th ranked athlete in Florida, per the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, coming out of high school, Boston played in 10 games his freshman season and continued to make plays in the backfield his entire career. He started four games at cornerback as a true freshman in 2010, finished third on the team in tackles in 2011, and earned All-ACC honors his last two years in Chapel Hill. His junior year, it was an honorable All-ACC mention, stemming from his team-high 86 tackles and four interceptions. This past season, he earned second team All-ACC honors at safety, this time with 85 tackles and the same number of interceptions as in 2012.
NFL Combine Results
40 Yard Dash: 4.59 sec
Bench Press: 18 reps (T-4 among strong safeties)
Three Cone Drill: 7.04 sec (T-4 amond SS)
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.31 sec
Vert Jump: 35.0 inch
Broad Jump: 116.0 inch
Strengths and Weaknesses
Boston showed the ability to sprint downhill from the safety position and fill gaps in the running game at UNC. Boston was a physical safety who had pretty good ball skills and had a knack for racking up tackles in his junior and senior seasons. Even will all those tackles, Boston was still plagued by missing a few tackles while at UNC, and also took some bad angles while coming downhill to help the run defense.
Boston is projected as a third day pick in the 2014 NFL draft, along with fellow secondary member Jabari Price. I personally see Boston as a much better pro prospect than Price, but Jabari has had much more experience on special teams than Tre Boston, and special teams talents is the way you make rosters in the National Football League. Any team with a need at the safety position could pick him up, including the Carolina Panthers again with a sixth or seventh round pick on day three of the draft weekend.
Boston was a productive player at Carolina, and really racked up a lot of career tackles at UNC over four years. Boston will help any NFL team that needs a run supporting strong safety, but the NFL is becoming a passing league and I’m worried about how Boston will hold up when having to drop back in coverage against bigger, stronger wideouts. He could stick in the NFL as a backup safety and corner, but he really has to impress the team that drafts him with his special teams ability to stick on the roster.