At the time, McCourty was seen as an unflashy, low upside pick that surprised a lot of people. Pre-draft talk had McCourty as a second rounder. Folks seemed to prefer Jerry Hughes, Sergio Kindle, or even cornerback Kyle Wilson, who was taken by the Jets.
One year later, McCourty is a second team All-Pro member and looks like one of the best young cornerbacks in the league. McCourty joined PFT Live Tuesday to talk about not being welcomed with open arms in New England.
“As soon as I got to Boston, I had to do an interview for the media about being drafted, and the first thing someone said to me was ‘Did you realize to the fans and the media you’re not a popular pick – not many people wanted you?”’
“And I just think as a player and as a competitor, when you hear those things, it’s a challenge. Throughout the whole season I had that in the back of my mind,” McCourty told Florio.