Patriots rate highly in '10 recap

April, 22, 2011
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Alex Marvez, who covers the NFL for Foxsports.com, revisits the first round of the 2010 draft and ranks the prospects 1 to 32.

It's little surprise that the Patriots had the best "split", with cornerback Devin McCourty (27th overall) ranking fourth. No other team had a positive difference of 23 spots from where the player was selected and where he was ranked.

"The Patriots have found the difference-maker at cornerback sorely lacking since Asante Samuel left to Philadelphia in 2008," Marvez writes. "One of four rookies selected for the Pro Bowl, McCourty was second in the NFL last season with seven interceptions. He also proved a standout tackler with 71 of his 83 stops coming on solo efforts."

The Packers, with offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga (23rd overall), were next best with a positive 17 split.

Also interesting to note is that outside linebacker/defensive end Jerry Hughes (32nd, Colts) and defensive lineman Jared Odrick (31st, Dolphins) -- two prospects mentioned as possibilities for the Patriots last year -- were the final two players in the rankings.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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