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Josh Boyce: 5 Things You Need to Know About the TCU WR

Ted VouyiouklakisContributor IIOctober 8, 2016

Josh Boyce: 5 Things You Need to Know About the TCU WR

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    TCU's Josh Boyce is a wide receiver prospect with his sights set on the NFL

    NFL teams will be intrigued by this prospect because of his ability to perform at a high level in just about every area of his position.

    General managers and coaches are compelled by receivers who have a quick first step, will locate just about any ball thrown their way, can make plays after the catch and possess fundamentally sound blocking ability. Boyce has proven he can excel in all of these tasks.

    With fewer highly touted wide receivers muddling the NFL draft picture than in years past, Boyce has been given an opportunity to improve his stock drastically over the course of this offseason. Here is a glance at Josh Boyce's resume as we near the start of the rookie draft.

Background

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    Hometown: Copperas Cove, Texas

    High School: Copperas Cove High School

    Major: Sociology

    Year: Redshirt Junior

     

    Josh Boyce is the son of Travis and Jacqueline Boyce. He attended high school in Copperas Cove, Texas, where he was teammates with a quarterback by the name of Robert Griffin III. Following his time at Copperas Cove High School, Boyce attended TCU.

    Boyce chose to forgo his final year of eligibility after his junior season and enter the NFL draft. He has already earned his degree in sociology, which inevitably influenced his decision to not return to school.

Statistics

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    2010: 13 games, 34 catches, 646 yards, 6 TDs, 49.7 YPG

    2011: 13 games, 61 catches, 998 yards, 9 TDs, 76.8 YPG

    2012: 13 games, 66 catches, 891 yards, 7 TDs, 68.5 YPG

     

    The highlight of Boyce's 2010 season was a 93-yard touchdown against Utah in a massive clash of top-five teams. Boyce's emergence in the second half of the 2010 season allowed him to see an expanded role in the offense right off the bat in 2011.

    2011 was arguably Boyce's best season at TCU. Boyce led the Horned Frogs in just about every receiving category. The best game of his season came in a road win at Boise State. Boyce had five catches, 163 yards and three touchdowns, including a 74-yard gem.

    With 66 catches in 2012, Boyce broke the record for most grabs in a single season by a Horned Frog. The 22 touchdowns he amassed in his time at TCU is an all-time record for the program. Along with this distinction, Boyce's 2,535 career receiving yards rank him second of all time at TCU. 

Draft Process

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    Measurables:

    Height: 5'11''

    Weight: 206 lbs.

    Arm Length: 31 1/4''

    Hands: 9 1/4''

     

    Combine Results (according to NFL.com)

    40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds

    Bench press: 22 reps

    Vertical jump: 34.0 inches

    Broad jump: 131.0 inches

    Three-cone drill: 6.68 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.10 seconds

    60-yard shuttle: 11.26 seconds

     

    Boyce did not have a pro day due to a foot injury he sustained around the time of the NFL combine. He had surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his injured foot following his workout in Indianapolis. According to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, Boyce impressively posted these combine results while battling through this injury.

    This is a somewhat startling revelation and a testament to Boyce's toughness and commitment to the process. The recovery time following the surgery should not prevent Boyce from attending team workouts following the draft.

Interesting Facts

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    Josh Boyce's career path has seen him come across some notable signal-callers currently in the NFL. If Andy Dalton or Robert Griffin III have anything to say about Boyce's future, he likely will land in Cincinnati or Washington D.C. by the end of April.

    Dating back to their days at Copperas Cove High School, there is a lasting connection between RG3 and Josh Boyce. The Redskins are in the market for surrounding their promising QB with playmakers, which could lead to a reunion between these two high school teammates.

    “@i_williams4: Just Smashed A Work Out With Lil Bro @josh_boyce At API U Know We Was Out There Getting Money #God100” That's my Fam bro

    — Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 22, 2013

    During his last season at TCU, Boyce played just four games with starting quarterback Casey Pachall. Pachall left the team to seek rehabilitation for substance abuse during the year. During their high school years, Pachall attended Brownwood High School, a rival of Boyce's Copperas Cove school.

Observations

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    According to most reputable evaluations, Boyce grades as a mid-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. One consistently glaring criticism of the former TCU Horned Frog is that he will likely be utilized as a slot receiver at the pro level, which was not the case in college.

    NFL.com's profile on Boyce offers up a comparison to Devery Henderson of the New Orleans Saints. According to their evaluation of this prospect, Boyce can run a variety of routes effectively and is an aggressive run-blocker.

    Boyce is the 13th-best wide receiver and 112th-ranked player in the draft, according to ESPN's player evaluation ratings. This projection could see Boyce selected in either the third or fourth round.

    Evaluations for Boyce's draft position typically range from the third to fifth round. CBSSports.com ranks the redshirt junior as the 20th-best receiver in the draft and believes Boyce's ability as a route-runner will suit him well in the slot.

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