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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dominic Boyd, OL, Alabama State University

Dominic Boyd the big offensive lineman from Alabama State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
Dominic Boyd the big offensive lineman from Alabama State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Dominic Boyd
  • Position: OL
  • College: Alabama State University
  • Height: 6’5”
  • Weight: 305 lbs.
  • X (Twitter): @bewise56nick

What made you decide wanted to be a football player?

It is America’s Favorite Sport!!!! It all began when I was 11 years old. I watched NFL Top 10 and saw Joe Montana and other great Quarterbacks playing this awesome sport. I tried out for the Quarterback position at my community ball park, but I was told I was too big and was moved to the offensive line. From there I fell in love with the sport and the position. What I enjoy most about being a football player is the competitiveness and physical grind along with the opportunity to win games and
championships.

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What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Over my young football career there have been many favorite moments. The most vivid
moment is during my sophomore year in high school. Our football team made it to the State Championship game. Although we did not win – nothing can replace the feeling of working hard as a team to get there. The community support was phenomenal! Our team was celebrated in a
parade, we were on the news, and we played the game in the Georgia Dome (currently known as
Mercedes Benz Stadium). Next, my entire high school football offensive line was selected to
visit the Big Dawgs Camp at Middle Georgia College during my junior year. As a unit we
competed against other top high school football offensive linemen. We came out on top showing discipline, athleticism and structure. We won the best offensive line at the camp, and was told we
were the finest O-Line that had ever competed at the camp (and I have a shirt to prove it!).
Winning All -SWAC Conference Team in 2023 was definitely a favorite moment. Another
favorite moment is having the opportunity to be an Assistant Football Coach at Alabama State
University as a player at their O-Line/D-Line camp. I was given the chance to train high school football recruits on the fundamentals of the O-line position (i.e. footwork, 1:1 matchup, and
discipline). Last is being appointed by my college football coaches to shepherd potential recruits
during their official visit. The recruits shadowed me as a student-athlete. I was able to show them
a brotherhood which most of the young guys are looking for. I actually saw on IG that one of the
recruits that shadowed me committed to my ASU football team today!!!

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

To position myself to compete at the next level. I want to contend with better players than
myself in order to enhance my football skills and IQ. My desire is to be able to earn a living playing the sport I love. My goal is to get drafted to a great NFL franchise, win championships,
stay healthy and be inducted to the Hall of Fame.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I like Deion Sanders because he was confident in his abilities and brought “swag to
football”, I like Steve Smith’s attitude and tenacity-he never let people push him around and
Trent Williams because he is a beast at my position in the NFL and he can likely teach me some things. However, if I could hang out with one football player it would be Dick Butkus. He is the reason I chose the jersey number “51” in high school. His character is more like mine, a nice guy off the field, but a monster on the field.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

I can’t pick one family member because they all inspire me in their own way. My success
is built on their undying support.

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

My favorite offensive scheme is the spread offense formation. This gives my position as
an O-lineman the opportunity to execute on multiple levels. For instance, in a screen play, I
protect the quarterback, open a whole for the wide receiver or running back and block opponents.

What should we know about Dominic Boyd the person?

Dom Boyd is a person who sticks to his commitments. He is going to show up on time and be there for people who are depending on him. He sets goals for himself and works hard to
achieve them. Dom is known to have discipline on the field and a good character off the field.

What stands out about your film the most?

I have never given up any SACKS in my football career! I stick with my man until I hear the whistle. I have good technique and know the fundamentals. Take a look at my ASU football games against Jackson State, FAMU, and Grambling you will see where I shut down the top prospects in my conference.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I am a firm believer in God. I do my best to change things within my control and accept the things I cannot change. When I am faced with a challenge in my personal life it is similar to
challenges that can occur in football. I look for solutions to solve the challenge either by digging
deep within myself for wisdom from past experiences or ask for help from the right people who
support me.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A student of the game. One who is willing to learn and can adapt to change. I am coachable, committed, and hold myself to a high accountability standard.

What do you love the most about the game of football?

Every game played is a hard-fought match and the best team wins. I like the physicality
and the emotions it brings with third downs drives, red zone plays, overtime, or depending on a
field goal to win a game. The live unpredictable atmosphere is unexplainable.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

Tyree Saunders was a wide receiver transfer at Alabama State University. He waited his
turn to play in a game. He trained just as hard with the rest of the starting players. When his time
came to play in a game, he showed his talent on Special Teams and scored the only two touchdowns we got in the Prairie View game.

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