|04.23.10 at 2:35 am ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete Q&A between coach Bill Belichick and the media at the end of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft:
BB: It felt like, at the end of the round there, things came out about as well as we could have hoped for. Devin [McCourty] is a player that is in an outstanding program at Rutgers. He’s coached by coach [Greg] Schiano and their staff. Devin’s had an outstanding career there. He’s fast. He’s tough. He’s a good four down football player – first, second, third and fourth down and in the kicking game he’s certainly one of the top guys in the draft in that area. I think he’s shown consistent production in that program and again, in a well-coached program. I have a lot of respect for what he’s done there. We felt like backing off a little bit we would be able to still make that pick and that was the case. In the end, we acquired a third round pick tomorrow – number 90. We felt like that was good value the way things turned out. We’re looking forward to tomorrow with several opportunities to improve our football team in one way or another as it unfolds. It’s kind of interesting how it happened to one with the one round in one day – prime time kind of thing. It gives us a chance to restack the board like all the other teams are doing and approach the second round a little differently than how we’ve done in the past. Hopefully we’ll take advantage of our opportunities there.
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|04.23.10 at 1:20 am ET|
FOXBORO — The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft wrapped up a little after 11 o’clock on Thursday night. The event’s first entry into prime time saw plenty of trades and plenty of surprise.
While on the subject of trades and surprises, one of the more shocking storylines on Thursday was that there were zero trades involving the Top 10 picks. The Redskins, Chiefs and Browns were among the teams commonly rumored to be interested in moving down, but the first trade wasn’t made until the 49ers jumped to No. 11 to take Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis. With all the hoopla that took place on Thursday (Tyson Alualu was a first rou– check that, Top 10 pick — so believe me, there was plenty), here are five storylines that have overtaken the football world after 32 picks.
|04.23.10 at 1:14 am ET|
Bill Belichick spoke to the media following the first round of the NFL draft. Belichick discussed the Patriots’ draft pick, Devin McCourty, why the team decided to trade down twice, and what he expects in the second round.
|04.23.10 at 12:59 am ET|
|04.23.10 at 12:06 am ET|
Here are some quick hits from Devin McCourty’s conference call with the New England media from earlier this evening:
Are you surprised to be taken by the Patriots? Your Twitter feed didn’t seem to suggest you’d be picked too early.
I didn’t want to have too high hopes. I was just watching the draft and just enjoying the moment of watching the draft with so much anxiousness and excitement that I was just joking around on Twitter. I’m just happy to be a Patriot right now. It’s an incredible feeling. Me and my Mom, we cried a little bit. We’re just so happy right now.
Did you have any contact with anyone from Patriots before the draft?
Yeah, actually Bill Belichick had actually come to my school for a coaches’ clinic and he was actually going to fly right out after the coaches clinic to see his son play in a lacrosse game, and we had about an hour and we watched some film and just spoke for a little while. It was a really generic conversation. He told me some things on film just watching and helping me out as a player. My agent told me, ‘Just make sure you take every meeting seriously. You just don’t know what could happen on draft day.’
Do you know his son at all?
I don’t know him all that well. I just know of him. I see him in our facility all the time because he plays lacrosse. Football, we share the building.
Tell us about what kind of skills you bring to the field — what kind of player are you?
I’m just a guy who comes to play every day. Last year, I played cornerback and then help on special teams, so I’m a guy that’s going to compete, whether it’s playing defense at corner or playing on special teams. I think it’s just in my ethic. Ever since I got in college as a redshirt freshman. Just working hard to get my way into the lineup.
How much of a point of pride is your special teams performance?
I think it’s very important. Coach always preached on how important special teams could be. He always said, ‘It might not be just offense and defense. You need to be able to make some plays on special teams. That can be the tiebreaker within the game.’ I think the play I had on special teams was the tiebreaker when we were in close games, so I take it very seriously.
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|04.22.10 at 11:05 pm ET|
Five cornerbacks went in the first round the 2010 NFL Draft, with the Saints rounding out the first night by taking Florida State’s Patrick Robinson. Some off-field issues exist with Robinson and he has a crippling speech impedement, but he is viewed as one of the better physical corners in the draft. The 5-foot-11, 194 pound Robinson had six interceptions in 2007 but has added one to the total since.
Analysis: The Saints have now taken first-round cornerbacks in back-to-back drafts (Malcolm Jenkins, 2009). Robinson needs to work on consistency but is worth the risk.
|04.22.10 at 10:58 pm ET|
The Colts have taken undersized but overpowering Texas Christian outside linebacker Jerry Hughes with the 31st pick. Hughes is a very comparable prospect to the Eagles’ Brandon Graham and he has 26 sacks over the last two years. Hughes isn’t quite 6-foot-2 but the Colts covet smaller and speedier players.
Analysis: This isn’t looking good for the Patriots. Devin McCourty is a fine cornerback but won’t have anywhere near the impact Hughes or the Jets’ Kyle Wilson will on a defense.
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