Patriots, 4th round. TCU: Junior who has declared for 2013 NFL Draft. Slightly below-average height but above-average bulk. Average hand size.
Positives: Above-average speed. Quick into breaks as a route runner. Very good lower-body explosiveness and great change-of-direction ability. Adequate lateral quickness. Above-average hands and can extend. Good effort on off-target passes. Good upper-body strength. Willing to initiate contact as downfield blocker and is good at it. Tough — performed well at Combine with broken foot, but expects to be healed by June.
Negatives: Coming off of offseason foot injury and won’t be healed until after minicamps. Suspect acceleration.
Projection: I expect him to be a surprise of the draft. He joins fellow rookie WR Aaron Dobson and they should both get significant playing time in 2013. I expect Boyce to actually outperform Dobson. But WR has always been a rough fantasy position on the Patriots because Brady spreads the ball around so often. Boyce’s quickness should help him get open often to earn Brady’s trust. Draft as an immediate WR4 and potential long-term WR2.