The Patriots select Devin McCourty CB out of Rutgers. A shut down corner who has only 6 picks and 27 pass break ups on his career at Rutgers. He is a big contributor to special teams and a guy who will take the time to make himself a better pro football player.
Below is the strengths and weakness from NFL Draft Countdown:
Excellent athleticism --- Adequate size with long arms --- Great speed with a burst to close and recover --- Quick and agile --- Fluid hips and transitions well --- Terrific feet --- Able to turn and run with wideouts downfield --- Nice instincts and awareness --- Reliable tackler --- Comes up to help in run support --- Hard worker --- Leader --- Durable with a lot of experience against top competition --- Also a special teams ace.
Can be a bit inconsistent --- Lacks great hands and ball skills --- Allows too many completions --- Has trouble disengaging from blocks --- Does not always get a proper jam at the line --- Struggles with big wideouts.
Was a three-year starter for the Scarlet Knights --- Has a twin brother, Jason, plays for the Tennessee Titans --- Earned 1st Team All-Big East honors in 2009 --- Named a team captain as a senior --- Was a top special teams gunner, saw action as a return man and blocked seven kicks during his college career --- Possesses a nice blend of physical tools and intangibles --- Profiles as a potential starter at the next level but will at the very least provide value as a backup and special teamer.
At Pro Day