November 3, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) catches a thirty one yard touchdown pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second quarter at Milan Puskar Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Josh Boyce

Day-three of the 2013 NFL Draft and the New England Patriots continues to keep with the program in satisfying the needs for the team’s roster. With the 102nd pick the Patriots selected the TCU wide receiver, Josh Boyce. Boyce has the quality that many coaches look for in a wide receiver, such as the ability to locate the ball, quick-feet, capitalize on plays after the catch and blocking ability. In 2012 he played in 13 games, banked 66 catches for 891 yards and seven touchdowns.

His 5’11”, 206 lbs frame allows for speed and he can be flexible in the slot and with enough coaching and practice, he should be able to line up on the outside. But playing on the slot could be his main quality, which in this case it will help out Danny Amendola to focus on the outside and as a deep threat while Julian Edelman will focus on the special teams and relief Amendola on special occasions. Boyce set a school record with 22 career touchdown receptions for 2,532 receiving yards.

Overall, he is solid and has great strength and strong legs with combine results of:

Bench press: 22 reps

Vertical jump: 34.0 inches

Broad jump: 131.0 inches

Three-cone drill: 6.68 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.10 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 11.26 seconds

Tom Brady needs every weapon he can get and the Patriots know better than anyone else on how to fulfill the need and Boyce presents the flexibility and versatility that Belichick likes.

 

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