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

New England Patriots: More on Josh Boyce

The New England Patriots like to plan ahead and head coach Bill Belichick likes to keep an organized agenda with a plan in place and procrastination out of bounds. While Aaron Burr, an American politician and adventurer said, “Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be one,” it doesn’t necessary fit Belichick’s agenda as his actions demonstrate a Charles Dickens analogy, “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

Well, if procrastination is the thief of time, the Miami Dolphins should know that very well as the Patriots snatched the TCU wide receiver from the Dolphins 104th pick overall of the fourth round. As I heard and watched the announcer saying the Patriots 102nd overall pick, “On behalf of the New England Patriots, our coaches and our players were proud to announce our fifth pick of the fourth Round of the 2013 NFL draft is wide receiver from TCU Josh Boyce”.

A Patriots draft pick is always exciting to hear and to watch, mainly when we know the prospect player to be a quality player. But it was even better to find out later on via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that per Boyce the Dolphins had called him to inform he was going to be the 104th pick in the draft, but in a matter of minutes later, the Patriots called to inform he was going to be the 102nd pick instead and going to Foxboro.

The Dolphins had no other choice but to change their plans and draft Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins with the 104th pick overall. Who got the best end of the deal? Absolutely the Patriots are the winner of this match since the Dolphins had to modify their draft plans by going with the next “best available player” instead of going with “best available-needed player”. In addition, the Dolphins really allowed themselves to be a victim of their own procrastination because if they really wanted Josh Boyce, they were in position to move up the board with picks 104th and 106th should the Eagles, Chiefs, Buccaneers or Jaguars be up for a trade.

As the Patriots gained a 5’11”, 206-pounder wider receiver with a talent to play in the slot, but strong legs and upper body to add depth at the wide receiver position, the Dolphins lost an opportunity in this round to add a slot receiver to supplement the roster with Brian Hartline. Since Jenkins was their “plan B”, the Dolphins will more likely utilize him as back up for Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler.

If healthy, Jenkins can make a big impact on the defense as in 2011 (before his injury) he ended the season with a combined 76 tackles (4.5 for loss), two sacks, and one interception. I would give the Dolphins some credit as they appear to be making the necessary adjustments to their roster, but the Patriots being able to select Boyce first, it could reflect a bigger game-changer when the season comes.


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  • Matthew J Bailey

    Move up for Boyce? In THIS draft? Insane. Frankly, Miami caught a break, as Jelani Jenkins has far more upside than a slot receiver, and the guys they signed later, especially Jasper Collins, have comparable upside.

    If Belicheck weren’t so busy out-smarting himself, he’d have a take a legitimate threat at receiver in the 1st instead of trading down for a bunch of average players. If Patterson or Hunter are in New England, I’m worried. Boyce? Not so much.

    New England took a solid, deep roster with one major hole, wide receiver, and added a bunch of players that will have limited effect. And every fan of Miami, Buffalo and New York thank them.

    • Joe Soriano

      Matthew, I think you need to tone it down with the BB-hate at the WR position in this draft. Boyce had a third-round grade and was of excellent value in the 4th- what you are saying is going against what every analyst is saying. Jasper Collins is a comparable prospect to Boyce? No way. “Upside” is a very vague word, and anyone can argue that every draft prospect as similar “upside”.

      Boyce is not merely a slot receiver, he is mostly used on the outside and was a deep threat at TCU with 15.7 yards per reception. Jelani Jenkins is a solid player, but he’s a coverage LB without truly great upside imo.

      I also think you need to re-check your evaluation of Aaron Dobson, or at least mention him in the piece. Trading down was a good move for the Pats in this deep draft, and I’d take the four solid guys they got out of the deal for Cordarrelle Patterson. It might not look as sexy and Patterson does have great upside, but I think the Pats got the better of the deal when you look at all the players they got.

      I appreciate the comment, Matthew, but I think you are being overly critical of the Pats decisions at WR. They added two talented players to the position, and they did address it. I seriously think your points severely lack validity.