AFC East's best: No. 14 Devin McCourty

The countdown of my top 25 AFC East players continues, one weekday at a time ...

McCourtyMcCourtyAbout 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.

Key fact: McCourty tied Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed and New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas for the NFL lead with nine combined interceptions and forced fumbles.

Hint about No. 13: He's the first of three players from his college in my top 25 list.

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