The countdown of my top 25 AFC East players continues, one weekday at a time ...
McCourtyAbout the choice: The New England Patriots nailed last year's first-round pick when they took Devin McCourty 27th overall. He was voted second-team All-Pro and started opposite Darrelle Revis in the Pro Bowl. McCourty started every game, the last 14 (including the playoffs) at left cornerback. He tied for second in the NFL with seven interceptions. He finished fourth on the team with 83 tackles, not counting the 12 he added on special teams. He recorded a sack and two forced fumbles.
Hint about No. 13: He's the first of three players from his college in my top 25 list.
15: Wes Welker, Patriots receiver
16. Karlos Dansby, Dolphins linebacker
17. Fred Jackson, Bills running back
18. Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots right tackle
19. Steve Johnson, Bills receiver
20. Vontae Davis, Dolphins cornerback
21. Bart Scott, Jets inside linebacker
22. Randy Starks, Dolphins defensive lineman
23. Dustin Keller, Jets tight end
24. Kendall Langford, Dolphins defensive end
25. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end