The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _
The New England Patriots have selected TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce with the fifth pick of the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
The Patriots acquired the 102nd overall pick in a trade Thursday with Minnesota, shipping their first-rounder to the Vikings for second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round draft choices.
Boyce is the second wide receiver taken in five picks for New England, which used their second-round selection Friday on Aaron Dobson of Marshall.
Both rookies will be competing for spots in a new-look receiving corps.
The Patriots already added veterans Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins at wide receiver. New England let Wes Welker leave via free agency and Brandon Lloyd was released.
The New England Patriots have selected Illinois defensive end/outside linebacker Michael Buchanan in the seventh round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
Buchanan was named the Illini's Outstanding defensive player last season after starting all 12 games and registering a team-best 4 1-2 sacks. He had 7 1-2 sacks as a junior. The Patriots had acquired the seventh-round pick from Tampa Bay in addition to cornerback Aqib Talib last season in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
The New England Patriots concluded their draft Saturday by taking inside linebacker Steve Beauharnais of Rutgers with the 235th overall pick and their second seventh-round selection.
It was the third player from Rutgers chosen by New England in the draft, joining cornerback Logan Ryan (83rd overall) and safety Duron Harmon (91st). Beauharnais had 83 tackles for the Scarlet Knights last season. In addition to the trio of players taken this year, the Patriots drafted Devin McCourty in the first round in 2010 and shifted him from cornerback to safety last year, and also signed defensive end Justin Francis as a rookie free agent prior to last season.
Before them, the Scarlet Knights' presence on the Patriots included Alex Silvestro and Tiquan Underwood, who both played with the team in 2011.