Saturday, April 27, 2013

Patriots add another perimeter threat in TCU's Boyce


The New England Patriots took another shot at drafting a wide receiver on Saturday, adding some insurance to Friday night's second-round pick of Aaron Dobson.

The team's first pick of the weekend was TCU wideout Josh Boyce, who put up solid numbers in his three-year career despite dealing with a foot injury in 2012.

The 5-foot, 11-inch junior put up 2,535 receiving yards with 22 touchdowns in his time with the Horned Frogs.

The fourth-round addition gives New England two new perimeter threats for Tom Brady, who's been lacking in that aspect of the passing game the past couple of years. With Boyce and Dobson as options outside, Danny Amendola can concentrate purely on the slot role, along with Julian Edelman and possibly Donald Jones.

Following Boyce, New England filled in some positional needs interior of the defensive front with its final two picks, adding an inside linebacker and a defensive end.

Michael Buchanan, the DE from Illinois, showed real potential at times, amassing 12 sacks in his final two years. He showed solid fundamentals, though he dropped 20 pounds between his junior and senior years due to a broken jaw from an off-the-field altercation. He'll need to bulk back up (as well as stay out of trouble) to fully compete as an edge rusher.

The Pats' final pick was yet another central New Jersey product in Steve Beauharnais. The Rutgers linebacker doesn't possess one particularly strong ability, but he's a solid, reliable body that can certainly help against the run. The 240-pound linebacker was up and down in his time with the Scarlet Knights, tallying 12.5 sacks and 274 total tackles in his four years with the team. He was the third Rutgers player snatched up by New England in this year's draft.

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