FOXBOROUGH — A few highlights from Bill Belichick’s press conference after the first round.
“I felt like at the end of the round there things came out about as well as we could have hoped for,” Belichick said. “Devin is a player from an outstanding program at Rutgers. He’s very well coached by Coach [Greg ] Schiano and their staff. He’s had an outstanding career there. He’s fast and very tough. He’s a good four-down football player. … I think he’s shown consistent production in that program. … I have a lot of respect for what he’s done there. We felt like by backing off a little bit that we would still be able to still make that pick, and that was the case.”
Belichick added that if the Patriots had kept their 22d pick, they would have taken McCourty at that spot.
McCourty has the potential to make an impact on all four downs, Belichick said.
“It gave us good value the way things turned out,” Belichick said. “We’re looking forward to tomorrow to have several opportunities to improve our football team in one way or another. …
“It’s kind of interesting the way it happened today with the one round, one day, prime time kind of thing. It gives us a chance to restack the board like all of the other teams are doing and approach the second round a little bit differently than we have in the past, so hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of our opportunities.”