Pats go for another WR: TCU's Boyce in 4th

Pats go for another WR: TCU's Boyce in 4th
April 27, 2013, 1:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots have doubled down on what was a glaring need for receivers going into the draft, selecting Texas Christian University's Josh Boyce with the 102nd overall pick.

The Patriots took wideout Aaron Dobson with the 59th overall pick last night, a 6-foot-3, 210-pund prototypical outside-the-numbers pass-catcher out of Marshall.

Boyce is smaller -- 5-11, 206 -- and appears to be a little more versatile. He lined up both outside and in the slot for the Horned Frogs, and according to NFL.com's scouting profile, he has a well-developed sense of every route in the receiving route tree.

The guy is a workout warrior, too. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and had the third-best 3-cone drill among receivers at this year's combine (6.68 seconds). He had the fourth-best broad jump among receivers, third-best 60-yard shuttle, and he put up the second most number of reps on the 225-pound bench press out of receivers at the combine (22). Scouts say his frame is "maxed out," which means he is what he is physically.

At TCU, he set the record for touchdown receptions (22) and last year he had 66 catches for 891 yards and seven touchdowns.

With the Patriots, his build and on-the-field skill set makes him a logical backup to the oft-injured Julian Edelman (5-10, 200).

The Patriots have had difficulty drafting and developing their own receivers, and now they've got two new guys. If nothing else, they've improved their odds of grooming a young pass-catcher.

In Boyce, they appear to have nabbed an athletic, savvy receiver, who's dealt with talented quarterbacks at every level. He caught passes from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in college and Redskins stud Robert Griffin III at Copperas Cove High School in Texas. Now he'll get a chance to work with one of the best the game has seen.