Devin McCourty, CB
Interceptions are a sexy statistic. For notation purposes, McCourty pulled down seven interceptions in his first season -- good for a tie as second best in the NFL -- on the way to a Pro Bowl year. But what's more telling of McCourty's amazing first season were the 17 passes he was credited as defensed. Or, even more so, the 82 combined tackles he had, leading the way in the secondary which was also good for third on the team. He's the definition of a plug-and-play corner, giving the Patriots one less thing to worry about in a defense that was 30th in passing.