BOSTON (CBS) – With the 102nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected wide receiver Josh Boyce out of TCU.
As a junior for Texas Christian in 2012, Boyce led the team in every receiving category with 66 catches for 891 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished his career at TCU with 161 receptions for 2, 535 yards (an average of 15.7 yards per reception) and 22 touchdowns. He was named to the All-Mountain West first team as a sophomore after leading the Horned Frogs with 61 receptions, 998 yards and nine receiving touchdowns.
At 5-11 and 206-lbs, Scouts say Boyce will almost exclusively be a slot receiver in the NFL but has a strong upper body and legs to potentially strive at the position (especially catching passes from Tom Brady). Some of his knocks are he has trouble making difficult catches away from his body, but the selection gives the Patriots more depth at the wide receiver position — something they had hoped to address over the weekend.
Boyce turned a lot of heads at the NFL Combine and was one of the more impressive receivers to attend. He ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, and was commended for having a high football IQ.
Boyce is the second receiver drafted by the Patriots this year. They also selected Marshall receiver Aaron Dobson in the second round, 52nd overall.
The Patriots acquired the pick used to draft Boyce from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Aqib Talib trade at the 2012 trade deadline.
Boyce has some experience with a couple of current NFL quarterbacks. He was a teammate with 2011 Heisman Trophy winner the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, Robert Griffin III, at Copperas Cove High School. He also caught passes from current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton while at TCU.
Now, he might get the chance to catch passed from Tom Brady.
The Patriots are scheduled to make three selections in the seventh round: 226th, 229th and 235th overall.