Measurements: Height- 5'11", Weight- 206 lbs.
Projected Round: 5
Why he would be a good Redskin:
Let's face it, Santana Moss is on his last leg. Sure he exceeded all expectations last year but at this point in his career Moss has too many limitations to be a dynamic slot receiver. Enter Josh Boyce. Foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the draft, Boyce still proved to have a very productive career at TCU. He set the school record for most career receiving touchdowns. Quietly, Boyce dominated at the NFL Combine being the only receiver to rank in the Top 4 in both the 40 yard dash (4.38 sec) and bench press(22 reps). Among all wide receivers, Boyce finished in the Top 4 in 5 out of the 7 main categories (40 yard dash, bench press, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and 60 yard shuffle). He has a prototypical build for a slot receiver and uses his strength to break arm tackles. There is also high potential for him to fill the Redskins' need for a kickoff returner while he learns the offensive system.
Why he won't be drafted by the Redskins:
The Redskins may have to reach to get him. After Tavon Austin, Robert Woods, and Markus Wheaton (all projected 1st or 2nd round picks) the next tier of slot receivers are really bunched together. With no guarantee Boyce will be there in the 5th round Shanahan may have to use that 4th round selection on him. However, with the team's immediate needs in focus, many believe that the Redskins should use their first three picks on two secondary guys and an offensive lineman instead of a wide receiver. On the field, the knock on Boyce is that his skill-set gives him value as a slot receiver alone. This apparent inability to play outside of the numbers may cause Shanahan to shy away.
The storyline practically writes itself. RG3 and Josh Boyce played together at Copperas Cove High School. In what was an under-the-radar move last week, the Redskins invited RB Isaac "Ike" Williams, an undrafted free agent last year from Baylor, to their May minicamp. Ike was unproductive as a running back the two years he played with RG3 at Baylor, so you figure there was some championing going on from RG3 to give his friend a shot. Coming full circle, we have a tweet from January 22 that ties it all together:
Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 22, 2013
All three parties (RG3, Ike Williams, and Josh Boyce) are involved. Apparently Ike Williams and Josh Boyce have been working out together in off-season. Upon hearing that, Griffin called Josh Boyce his "fam." Call it "reading between the lines" or "making a mountain out of a molehill" but the takeaway is that there is a close relationship between RG3 and Boyce. That familiarity could be all-the-more valuable going into OTAs and Training Camp without Griffin fully ready to participate.
With all that said, Boyce's consistent production at TCU, his athleticism, and potential at the slot receiver and kick returner positions make him an ideal fit for the Redskins. If Griffin is in that War Room, you better believe he'll be laying his claim for his former teammate.