Projected 40-Time: 4.41
Star Rating: Grade: 93
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: McCourty is an outstanding physical athlete who possesses the size/speed combination that scouts desire for cornerbacks at the next level. He's an intelligent performer who has great instincts and recognition skills that allow him to quickly diagnose the action. He's strong at the line of scrimmage, effectively jams receivers at the line, displays fluid hips in transition and blankets receivers throughout their routes. He plays with a good degree of explosion, quickly breaks on the throw and flashes on the scene to make the play. He demonstrates toughness and proper tackling technique. He positions himself well defending against the run and aggressively brings down the ballcarrier from all angles. He's a solid special teams player and has experience returning kicks. He plays with passion, has a great work ethic and has tremendous leadership qualities.
Weaknesses: He has excellent cover skills, but tends to struggle against taller receivers. He's a physical corner that thrives playing on the line, but when he plays off he leaves too much of a cushion for the opposition to exploit. He has good ball skills, but doesn't generate a lot of interceptions.Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Rutgers, McCourty never missed a game in his collegiate career, playing in 52 consecutive games, starting 39. At 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, McCourty plays much bigger and more physical than his listed size, and the scary thought is that he could even add more bulk to his frame. McCourty's work ethic is one of his best qualities, and his work in the weight room really shows as he features a chiseled physique. As good as McCourty is on the field and the physical prowess he displays, his lack of interceptions during his career are a concern. He's only amassed six interceptions in 52 games; granted quarterbacks don't always throw in his direction, but when he does get his hands on the ball, he tends to lose focus and will drop catchable balls. As far as where McCourty fits in this year's draft, he will receive late first round consideration, but it's likely that he will fall into the second round. There are teams selecting late in the first round that McCourty would fit in well with: the Baltimore Ravens (No. 25), Arizona Cardinals (No. 26), Dallas Cowboys (No. 27) and New York Jets (No. 29).
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