2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Select WR Josh Boyce

Tom Pennington

The Patriots double dip at wide receiver to take Josh Boyce in the fourth round. Who is he?

The Patriots used their 102nd overall selection they received from the Minnesota Vikings to select former TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce. Here's the breakdown:

WR, Josh Boyce, TCU

5'11, 205 lbs

40 Yard: 4.34s

Vertical: 34"

Broad: 10'11

3 Cone: 6.68s

Career stats: Three seasons, 161 receptions, 2535 yards (15.7 YPC), 22 touchdowns

Most impressive fact? Boyce ran that 4.34s 40 yard dash with a broken toe.

Boyce is an explosive player who runs solid routes and has deep speed that the Patriots need. The Patriots don't have a receiver like Boyce on the roster and he complements Aaron Dobson very well.

He can play in the slot and he can play on the outside. He does a great job of using a head fake and double move to generate separation down the field. He can pluck the ball out of the air and he is gantastic after the catch. He's willing to get physical while run blocking and has no issues running across the field.

Physically, Boyce presents a bigger body who can likely take the physical abuse that is associated with the slot position. He's an athletic freak with tremendous upside. He's an all-time receiver at TCU (1st in TDs, 2nd in yards, 3rd in receptions) and would have produced better numbers, except TCU lost their quarterback early in the year.

He hasn't been used on special teams, but could add value as a punt returner and could be considered a possible improvement over Julian Edelman.

Video to watch: Josh Boyce vs Michigan State

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