Scouting Report: Devin McCourty

Written by Will Spencer on April 14, 2010




Devin McCourty


Position: CB School: Rutgers
Height: 5’10 3/4 Weight: 193 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.41

Overall Grade:

7.12

Draft Projection:

First Round



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 10


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 8.5
Man Coverage 10 8.5
Zone Coverage 10 8.5
Tackling 6 5
Run Stopping 6 5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5
Physicality 6 6



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

McCourty was a three year starter at Rutgers.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-Big East.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Unknown major at Rutgers.

Bloodlines

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.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 74 47 27 0 1 1 0
2008 56 36 20 0 0 1 0
2007 63 40 23 0 1 2 1
2006 38 23 15 0 0 2 1







Kick Return Stats
Year PR Yards TD FC Long KR Yards TD Long
2009 2 21 0 0 17 14 356 1 98
2008 1 25 0 0 25 0 0 0 0
2007 2 56 0 0 37 1 1 0 1



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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.