Devin McCourty has helped stabilize the Pats' secondary. Source: Yardbarker.com

Devin McCourty, Defensive Rookie of the Year?

There wasn’t much hype when the Patriots drafted corner Devin McCourty 27th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Many (myself included) were hoping for a pass rusher, namely at outside linebacker, and McCourty was a big let-down. After my initial disappointment wore off, I realized that he was a solid, but perhaps unspectacular, selection at a position that already seemed well-stocked at the time. Fast forward through training camp and one Leigh Bodden season-ending injury later, McCourty was thrust into a starting role. Since that time, he has missed only one defensive snap and has played on special teams units. He has also quietly grown into the team’s best corner, often lined up opposite the opposing team’s best receiver. It hasn’t been perfect, but McCourty has gotten better and better as the season has progressed. After a big game on Thanksgiving where he snagged two interceptions, some are beginning to wonder if McCourty is a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.

His stats thus far are pretty impressive, especially for a rookie corner. McCourty currently has 61 tackles and 5 interceptions, which is good enough to have him tied with Alphonso Smith and Earl Thomas at 3rd in the NFL. Thomas is a rookie as well, and he has 2 more tackles than McCourty. At this point, the winner appears to be the Lions’ defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has 45 tackles, 8 sacks and an interception. However, that doesn’t mean that McCourty doesn’t enter the conversation. And who knows, a couple more interceptions, perhaps a key one of Mark Sanchez that puts the game away Monday night, and he could sway some voters.

What do you think?

Should Devin McCourty be considered for the Defensive Rookie of the Year

  • Yes (98%, 160 Votes)
  • No (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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