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Monday, February 24, 2014
'13 to '14: Comparing Dobson & Boyce

By Mike Reiss

When Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff touched on scouting at the NFL combine, he noted the value of experience. Specifically, Dimitroff spoke about how a veteran scout can effectively compare a prospect to a pool of past players who had a similar skill set.

With this in mind, we thought we'd put our own one-year twist on it by looking at last year's Patriots draft picks and matching their combine/pro day results with those from this year's class to see who might be a comparable prospect.

Obviously, combine-type testing is only a small part of the story, which is important context.

We'll lead things off with Aaron Dobson (second round, 59th overall) and Josh Boyce (4th round, 102nd overall):

Dobson
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 210 pounds
Hand measurement: 9-inches
40-yard dash: 4.42 and 4.44 (pro day)
3-cone drill: 7.2 (pro day)
Bench press: 16

2014 comparable: Dobson didn't go through testing at last year's combine because of a hamstring injury, which put added emphasis on his pro day workout at Marshall. Clemson's Martavis Bryant has one of the closer matches among 2014 testing results/body type. Bryant had a strong combine.

Boyce
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 206 pounds
Hand measurement: 9 1/4
40-yard dash: 4.38
3-cone drill: 6.68
Bench press: 22

2014 comparable: Analysts viewed Boyce as a prospect whose solid test results didn't always show up on the football field. There isn't a great comparable from the 2014 class, in part because Boyce tested so well last year. Boyce's measureables and test results compare somewhat favorably with LSU's Odell Beckham, with the big difference in strength, with Boyce's 22 reps on the bench in a different stratosphere.