CLEMSON -- Rex Ryan spent an awful lot of time in Clemson this spring. Makes sense, since his son, Seth, is a walk-on wide receiver.
But Ryan wasn't just hanging out; those were business trips, as evidenced by the New York Jets' sixth-round selection spent on the Tigers' winningest quarterback in football history, Tajh Boyd.
Boyd represented the 213th overall pick, far lower than he'd hoped but still enough to give him a chance to compete with Geno Smith and Michael Vick for the starting gig in one of the most visible (read: media-scrutinized) franchises in sports.
In an easy-to-sum tweet, Tajh Boyd announced to his 120,000 followers: "J.E.T.S. Jets Jets Jets!"
Dalton Freeman, Boyd's Clemson center from 2011-12, is on New York's roster.
Boyd's selection ensured all five Clemson players who attended this year's NFL Combine had a landing spot by the end of the three-day, seven-round draft. Earlier Saturday, Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland and Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant were fourth-round picks, joining No. 4 overall selection Sammy Watkins to the Bills and third-rounder Brandon Thomas to the 49ers.
"It was a tough night, but I kept my face," Breeland said of not getting selected Friday in the second or third rounds. "I kept my face. It helped me get through the night. I knew the draft wasn't over. As long as I get a shot, that's all I need."
Breeland, a second-team all-ACC corner at Clemson, could play safety or contribute on special teams with Washington, whose top corner, DeAngelo Hall, was admired by Breeland growing up.
"(With) my physicality and my ball skills and my versatility, I can play different positions," Breeland said. "I just want to come in and help the team in any way I can, just make a positive impact on the team."
Bryant slipped a bit past his own draft stock, perhaps due to questions about his focus or a lack of career exposure (just 61 career catches in three years.) Yet Pittsburgh was one of Bryant's favorite visits he took during the pre-draft process.
"It's a great fit. It's a city I really wanted to come to," Bryant said. "I told my mom the whole time I wanted to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. I'm glad that they have faith in me, and I won't let them down."
Pittsburgh has lost Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in the past two years, so Ben Roethlisberger is looking for another favorite target besides Antonio Brown, free-agent pickup Darrius Heyward-Bey and tight end Heath Miller.
"I know that Big Ben knows how to get the ball down the field and they have had some great receivers over the years," Bryant said. "He loves throwing the ball deep, so I just want to come and help him out and get wins."
Bryant is 6-3 with explosive speed, which suits Roethlisberger's long throws well. Bryant's pair of Orange Bowl touchdowns, acrobatic catches in the corner of the end zone, aided his stock.
"A lot of times in my opinion, you get cheap touchdowns in the red zone," Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said. "People know where the ball is going to go and there is nothing they can do about it. If there is a mismatch and that's what we think we have with the reach that he has, the arms, and the wingspan, I feel like we can get some cheap touchdowns down there."
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