FOXBOROUGH — The newest member of the New England Patriots almost missed the call.
Defensive back Devin McCourty, who played at Rutgers, waited patiently most of the night and took a bathroom break when his brother started beating on the door. Turns out his phone was ringing and Bill Belichick was on the other end.
McCourty said Belichick asked him, “Are you ready to be a Patriot?” And McCourty replied, “Yeah, Coach I’m ready; I’m excited.”
Getting selected so early came as a bit of a surprise for McCourty, who was taken with the 27th pick. He said he met with Belichick while he was at Rutgers for a coaches’ clinic. The two met for about an hour and watched film.
“He told me some things on film just watching and helping me out as a player and with all of these meetings, my agent just told me to make sure to take every meeting seriously because you never know what could happen on draft day,” McCourty said.
McCourty is 5-10, 193 pounds. He arrived at Rutgers in 2005, redshirting his freshman season. He chipped in on kickoff returns and also contributed on kickoff and punt coverage.
This past season he had a career-high 80 tackles. He blocked six punts and one field goal in his career. He also returned a kickoff 98-yards against UConn last season, matching the third-longest kickoff return in school history.