With the 27th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft the Patriots have selected Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty. McCourty is a very physical corner with great ball and return skills.
McCourty will compete with Darius Butler, a 2nd round pick in 2009, for the starting CB spot opposite Leigh Bodden, although a 3rd CB is nearly a starter against many NFL Teams.
After twice trading back, with the Broncos and Cowboys, the Patriots ended up swapping 4th rounders (#119 to #113) and gaining a 3rd rounder (#90). Coach Bill Belichick stated that the Patriots would have picked McCourty if they would have stayded at the 22nd pick. The Patriots passed on DE/OLB conversion projects and fan favorites Sergio Kindle and Jerry Hughes.