The Patriots watched 13 defensive players come off the board, along with trading down twice before Bill Belichick finally grabbed New England’s first pick of 2010, with the team taking cornerback Devin McCourty with the 27th overall selection.

McCourty is a 5’11” 193-pounds out of Rutgers who during his college career definitely impressed.  According to CBS McCourty held receivers to only 42 receptions for 386 yards on 158 passes targeted into his area, meaning that quarterbacks completed just 26.58 percent of those tosses and their intended targets were limited to 9.19 yards per pass completion and 2.44 yards per attempt.  Some experts also say he was the best Special Teams player in the draft.

So a potential shut down corner who hopefully will flourish under Belichick, it seems like he should be a good fit.

For anyone interested here’s a good article on McCourty from December.

We’ll have more on this selection shortly.