Scouting Report: Devin McCourty
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Perhaps the most fluid of all the corners in this draft. McCourty flips his hips seemingly without losing speed. Footwork and backpedal is very smooth. Change of direction skills are very good. Tracks the ball well while it’s in the air. Recognizes routes and can anticipate. Does a good job breaking on the ball once thrown. Isn’t afraid of contact and will fight for the ball while in the air. Can jump routes well. Not afraid to come up in run support and a solid open field tackler. Excellent special teams player. Very good range. Blocked seven kicks during career at Rutgers, played on punt coverage teams and also returned kicks. Could be the best overall package corner in this class.
Doesn’t have ideal size and strength. Wasn’t an interception machine at Rutgers but broke up a lot of passes. Can get handled by strong blockers and will sometimes be physically outmatched by bigger receivers. Needs to work on the finer aspects of playing cornerback in the NFL but has the mental capacity and football IQ to do so.
McCourty will make a very nice and safe pick for any team in the bottom half of round 1. Teams may consider him specifically for his special teams ability, so don’t be shocked if a team with 1-2 solid veteran corners still takes him in the first round. His abilities on special teams are second to none among defensive backs in this draft and that alone could possibly get him drafted a bit higher than expected. McCourty has the physical skill set to be a very solid #1 cornerback in the NFL and has shown he has the work ethic and durability to go along with it. Devin’s twin brother Jason McCourty (drafted by the Titans) played cornerback along side him in 2007-2008.
McCourty was a three year starter at Rutgers.
Awards and Honors
2009: 1st team All-Big East.
Unknown major at Rutgers.
Devin’s twin brother, Jason McCourty, also played cornerback at Rutgers and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
No history of injuries.
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