By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Josh Boyd was selected by Green Bay late in the fifth round of the NFL Draft this afternoon. He was the 34th player taken in that round, 167th overall.
Boyd started three games his freshman year at MSU and became a full-time starter the next season. He played in 51 career games with 41 starts, recording 125 tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks. Boyd struggled a bit this past year after losing his fellow tackle, Fletcher Cox, making 33 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Boyd’s best season was in 2011, when he had career highs in tackles (51), TFLs (8.0) and sacks (5.5).
Boyd is the third Bulldog to be drafted this week, with cornerbacks Darius Slay (Detroit) and Johnthan Banks (Tampa Bay) going in the second round on Friday. Boyd will rejoin former teammate Derek Sherrod in Green Bay; Sherrod was a first-round pick by the Packers in 2011.