Not many people expected Devin McCourty to be in the discussions of the DROY award before the season began (hell, I didn’t), but as the season comes to a close, he is making a strong case for it. From being inserted as a starter from Week 1, due to Leigh Bodden’s season-ending injury, McCourty has improved drastically game by game. The Patriots are currently ranked 30th in pass defense, which isn’t too great, but leads the league in interceptions (24). The Patriots’ are successful because of their takeaways, which have a lot to do with McCourty’s play. McCourty is currently tied for second in the league in interceptions (6) and tenth in passes defended (15). He is just a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. Not only does this kid have a knack for finding the football, but he isn’t scared to use his pads either. He has a total of 81 tackles (68 solo/13 assisted) which is impressive for any corner, especially a rookie since some corners tend to shy away from contact. Some people assume that the number of interceptions makes you a good corner but that is not true at all. Tackling is just as important, if not, more important when playing defensive back. McCourty’s abilities to defend the pass and the run were one of the keys to New England’s division clinching record. With McCourty’s high-caliber play, the Patriots are able to shift their safeties to other parts of the field, giving him less help. He has earned the trust of Patriots’ staff as he is included in every defensive package. He has easily become the top corner for New England and the top rookie corner in the NFL. McCourty’s impressive season has earned him a trip to Honolulu, but most importantly, has a chance to earn a trip to Dallas.