Bill Belichick has a go-to line when it comes to describing what makes a good receiver: Get open and catch the ball.

It doesn't hurt to be smart and tough either, though, and Josh Boyce, who the Patriots took with the 102nd overall pick Saturday, seems to be both.

The 5-foot-11, 206-pound junior tore up the NFL Combine in February, and he did it all with a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Basically, he had a broken pinkie toe, known as a "Jones fracture."

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and had the third-best 3-cone drill among receivers at this year's combine (6.68 seconds). Among receivers, he had the fourth-best broad jump, the third-best 60-yard shuttle, and he put up the second most reps on the 225-pound bench press (22).

Boyce later had a screw inserted at the base of his toe, which forced him to miss his pro day at Texas Christian University. Surgery was expected to knock him out for 6-8 weeks, and he said during a conference call on Saturday that he is "day-to-day."

Especially after the news came out that he had a bum foot, Boyce understood that his impressive combine performance helped put him on the map.

"I think it did," said Boyce. "I know a lot of people didn't think I would run as fast as I did. I think the combine helped me out a lot."