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Josh Boyce ran fast 40 despite broken toe

2013-04-27 18:06:03

1:50 p.m.: Josh Boyce ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine despite having a broken pinky toe, so that's good.

"I think it (helped my draft stock) because I know a lot of people that day didn't run as fast as I did," Boyce said today

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. "I think the combine helped me out a lot."

That's probably fair to say. Boyce, by the way, ruled himself "day-to-day," so he's already got the lingo down. We'll see if he actively participates in next week's rookie camp.

12:20 p.m.: The Patriots drafted TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce with the 102nd selection in the fourth round.

The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder caught 161 passes for 2,535 yards and 22 touchdowns in three collegiate seasons. He had a career-high 66 catches in 2012, and 998 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. Boyce ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash.

Boyce is a fluid route-runner with good playmaking ability, and he has good athleticism. Interestingly, Boyce is not considered a good blocker or special teamer, so something will have to click for him to make the team.

This has also served as an intriguing draft lesson of sorts. Lousiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton was viewed by analysts as a second-rounder who could make his way into the opening round, but he is still on the board. Yet, 13 receivers have already been taken, including two today, so the league views Patton much differently.

12:00 p.m.: Hello again from the Gillette Stadium press box, which is our headquarters for the final day of the draft.

The Patriots will be busy right from the start. They've got the fifth pick of the fourth round, but then they're on hold until three picks late in the seventh round (Nos. 226, 229 and 235).

There are some intriguing names on the board, too, including South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton, Texas defensive end Alex Okafor, Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene, Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo, Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas, Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, Tennessee Martin defensive tackle Montori Hughes, tackle David Bakhtiari and Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones. Any of them could be a fit.

Stay right here because we'll keep you up to date throughout the day.

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