FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have selected cornerback Devin McCourty out of Rutgers with the 27th pick.
McCourty is 5-10, 196 pounds and posted a time of 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He is a versatile player, who returned 14 kickoffs for 356 yards in 2009.
Pro Football Weekly lists positives for McCourty as “excellent speed and fluidity of movement. … Outstanding special teams production and determination.” Negatives include “has a thin frame and small ankles. … Average ball skills and marginal hands. … Did not make an abundance of defensive splash plays.”
McCourty’s twin brother Jason, was drafted by the Tennessee Titans last year in the sixth round and was a special teams contributor.