Texas defensive back Kris Boyd (2) tackles USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (6) in the second half of an NCAA football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)


A Longhorn becomes a Viking: Texas’ Kris Boyd taken by Minnesota in NFL draft

Posted April 27th, 2019


On a November afternoon in 2016, Kris Boyd intercepted Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the end zone to secure Texas’ 45-37 victory in Lubbock.

The Longhorns cornerback was reminded about that interception last fall, as Mahomes was tearing it up in his first season starting for the Kansas City Chiefs. “I’m going to remind him when I see him,” Boyd said. He and Mahomes both hail from East Texas; their paths will likely cross next in the NFL.

Mahomes, of course, is the NFL’s reigning MVP. On Saturday, Boyd was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the NFL draft. Kansas City hosts Minnesota on Nov. 3.


The draft’s 217th overall pick, Boyd (5-11, 201) started 33 games in his Texas career and earned all-conference honors in 2018. He compiled 191 career tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and defended 40 passes. He had a solid performance at the NFL scouting combine in February; his 19 reps on the bench press led all cornerbacks.

Texas tidbits

  • Last Longhorns CB drafted: Quandre Diggs (2015, 6th round, Detroit)
  • Last Longhorn drafted by the Vikings: DE Brian Robison (4th round, 102nd overall pick in 2007)
  • Highest-drafted Texas CB: Bryant Westbrook (1st round, 5th overall in 1997); Quentin Jammer (1st round, 5th overall in 2002)

Boyd becomes UT’s ninth active defensive back in the NFL. One of those defensive backs is cornerback Holton Hill, who signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent after starting alongside Boyd during the 2017 season. Former UT cornerback Duke Thomas also recently signed with the Vikings after a stint in the Alliance of American Football.

DBU in the NFL

 Years at TexasNFL teamCareer highlightsNFL Draft
Earl Thomas2007-09Baltimore684 tackles, 28 INT, 6x Pro Bowl1st round, 14th pick (2010)
Kenny Vaccaro2009-12Tennessee443 tackles, 9 INT1st round, 15th pick (2013)
Adrian Phillips
2010-13LA Chargers205 tackles, 5 INT, 1x Pro BowlUndrafted (2014)
Quandre Diggs2011-14Detroit209 tackles, 6 INT6th round, 200th pick (2015)
Duke Thomas2012-15Minnesotan/aUndrafted (2015)
DeShon Elliott2015-17BaltimoreMissed 2018 season with arm injury6th round, 190th pick (2018)
Holton Hill2015-17MinnesotaThree starts, 36 tacklesUndrafted (2018)
Kris Boyd2015-18Minnesotan/a7th round, 217th pick (2019)

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