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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Patriots select Boyce at 102

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots selected Texas Christian wide receiver Josh Boyce with their fourth-round draft choice (102nd overall).

Boyce took a pre-draft visit to Gillette Stadium and is considered as a "height-weight-speed" prospect among scouts. At 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, he has good size, and ran a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash.

Boyce totaled 66 receptions for 891 yards and 7 touchdowns last season. He is considered an intelligent receiver who grasps complex concepts, although some analysts say his timed speed didn't always match his game speed.

The Patriots selected Marshall receiver Aaron Dobson in the second round (59th overall), so Boyce represents a double-dip at the position, similar to what the team did in 2010 with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and in 2011 with running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.