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Drafted By: Patriots
  • Round 4
  • Pick 5
  • Overall 102

Combine Results

Grade
72.2 ?
  • 4.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 131.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.10 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.26 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Josh Boyce would have gone higher if it wasn't for a foot injury this year. All of a sudden, New England's gotten bigger and physical on the edge. It's more toys for Tom Brady to play with." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Boyce was a teammate of 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and the 2012 draft's No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III at Copperas Cove High School. And one of their top rivals was Brownwood, the school of embattled TCU quarterback Casey Pachall.



He redshirted his first season in Waco, but became heavily involved in the Horned Frogs' prolific offense quarterbacked by current Cincinnati Bengals starter Andy Dalton in 2010. Boyce played in every game, starting eight of the last nine, and finishing second on the team in receiving yards (646 on 34 catches) and scoring six touchdowns. As a sophomore, Boyce was named a first-team All-Mountain West Conference pick after leading the team in receptions (61), yards (998) and receiving touchdowns (nine). As a junior, despite only playing four games with Pachall as the starting quarterback, Boyce managed 66 catches for 891 yards, and seven touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid overall build with a muscular upper body and strong legs. Lines up outside and in the slot. Displays very good hands. Excellent first three steps off the line to challenge corners, shakes them off the line and has enough speed to get a step down the field. Stems every route in the tree with foot quickness that college corners can't handle, does not have to slow down significantly to make a cut. Tracks the ball well over either shoulder, and shows a good job of high pointing the football in contested situations. Creates space downfield with an arm extension. Tough to bring down after the catch because of his low center of gravity and strength. Aggressive run blocker with the strength to negate his man and stick with the block. Willing to attack safeties stepping up inside if uncovered.

Weaknesses

Might be limited to purely playing the slot. Does not bring some difficult catches extended away from his frame that top prospects are expected to snare with their hands. Some college corners could close on him in the open field. Will fall off run blocks instead of sustaining, allowing his man to come off and make a play at times.

NFL Comparison

Devery Henderson

Bottom Line

Boyce's average height and maxed-out frame won't wow scouts, but the quickness and strength that made him a playmaker at the college level makes him a potentially dangerous weapon in the slot, with the possibility of being able to line up on the outside.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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