Pats, McCourty reportedly agree to terms
|07.28.10 at 8:07 am ET|
McCourty, the 27th overall pick in the draft, was the final member of the Patriots’ 12-man draft class to come to terms. The Rutgers product, who is the second first-round pick to agree to a deal (Dallas’ Dez Bryant is the other) has reportedly signed a five-year deal.
The cornerback developed a reputation as one of the most electric special teams players in the nation last season with the Scarlet Knights. The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder averaged 25.4 yards on kickoff returns at Rutgers, and had a 98-yard kickoff return, third-longest in his school’s history.
“He’s fast. He’s tough. He is a good four-down football player, first, second, third and fourth,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick shortly after New England selected McCourty. “In the kicking game, he’s certainly one of the top guys in the draft in that area.”