McCourty's advice to draft prospects

In a "behind the face mask" piece on TheMMQB.com, Patriots safety Devin McCourty shared his 10 pieces of advice for draft prospects preparing for the NFL combine.

What we learned in the piece is that McCourty had no idea the Patriots were interested in him based on the combine.

"I had three or four teams tell me they were going to pick me if I was available. Guess what? None of them were the Patriots," McCourty writes. "In fact, I barely had any contact with New England at the combine. We didn’t have a formal interview, and in the informal interviews (a big session where guys just wander around, talking to coaches in a format that feels like speed dating) I spoke to the Patriots DBs coach for maybe five minutes. Nothing stood out from that conversation. My point is, no matter what teams tell you during the process, anything can happen on draft day."

McCourty shares how he approached some of the testing at the combine, and how he views "football knowledge" as one of his strengths.

Four years later, it's safe to say the Patriots got it right with McCourty, the 27th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He enters the final year of his contract, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $3.9 million, and is a prime candidate for a contract extension within the calendar year.