Patriots trade back, grab McCourty

FOXBORO -- The Patriots traded back twice from No. 22 to No. 27 in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft and selected cornerback Devin McCourty from Rutgers. The Patriots picked up a third-round pick (No. 90 overall) and moved up in the fourth round (from No. 119 overall to No. 113).

McCourty shared his reaction to being selected by the New England Patriots with the 27th overall selection on a conference call with media members Thursday night.

"I'm just happy to be a Patriot right now, it's an incredible feeling," he said. "Me and my mom, we cried for a little bit. I'm just so happy right now."

McCourty said he sat with Patriots coach Bill Belchick on Rutgers' campus earlier this month when he spoke at a coaches' clinic.

"We had about an hour and watched some film," he said. "Just spoke for a little while. It was a real generic conversation and he told me some things on film, just watching, that helped me out as far as a player."

McCourty relayed a humorous story of how he was in the bathroom when the Patriots called. His brother knocked on the door and McCourty made it in time to answer the call from Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, showing some early change-of-direction skills.

Asked what kind of player he is, McCourty said: "I'm just a guy that comes to play every day. ... I just feel like I'm a guy that is going to compete every chance he gets, whether it's playing defense at corner or playing on special teams. I think it's just been my ethic ever since I got to college as a redshirt freshman, working hard to [earn] my way into the lineup."

In 52 college games, McCourty had six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, 2½ sacks and two forced fumbles. He also excelled on special teams with six blocked punts, one blocked field goal attempt and a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

"For Devin to be a first-round pick, it just speaks volumes to his work ethic, his abilities and the type of person he is," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said.

McCourty's twin brother Jason is with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him in the sixth round last year.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.