Rutgers coach Greg Schiano joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots' selection of his player, Devin McCourty, in the first round of Thursday night's draft. Patriots fans may be underwhelmed by McCourty, but Schiano said the team is getting a special player -- and not just a special teams player.

 

FOXBORO — Devin McCourty was as surprised as anyone.



With the 27th overall pick in Thursday's NFL Draft, the Patriots have selected Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty. Known as a premier kick returner, the 5-foot-11, 193-pound McCourty had six interceptions in three seasons at cornerback with the Scarlet Knights. For more Patriots updates, check out It Is What It Is.

The Patriots have traded down twice in the first round of Thursday night's draft, making a deal with the Broncos to move from the 22nd overall pick to the 24th overall selection. They then traded down again — this time with the Cowboys — for the 27th overall pick. They currently hold the No. 27 overall selection in the NFL Draft, as well as four other picks in the top 90. For more Patriots updates, check out It Is What It Is.
 

This past week, WEEI has been polling our readers on who they thought the Patriots should take with their first-round pick by opening a bracket with 16 names that could be available when the Patriots are on the clock with the 22nd overall selection. Well, we are down to the final two players. CLICK HERE to launch the bracket to see who advanced to the finals and to vote on the champion. We’ll announce the winner right before the draft starts on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Join WEEI.com football writers Chris Price and D.J. Bean as they help break down the NFL Draft with a live chat, starting at noon Thursday afternoon.

ESPN NFL analyst and former coach Herm Edwards made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the NFL draft, which starts Thursday night. Asked which way Patriots coach Bill Belichick would go if the Patriots had a choice between Texas linebacker/defensive end Sergio Kindle or Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, Edwards said: "He's going to have to go defense, When you look at them right now, he built that team defensively minded. There's some good linebackers out there. If you can get one of those guys, I think that's important.

The Patriots signed defensive lineman Amon Gordon Wednesday afternoon. Gordon, 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2004 draft out of Stanford. He has also spent time with the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. Gordon was signed by Philadelphia on Jan. 21, 2009 but was waived on Aug. 11 and spent the year out of football. His best season was in 2007 with Denver where he started four games and had 10 tackles.

Former Patriots running back Corey Dillon was arrested early Wednesday morning in California for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to TMZ.com. Dillon was reportedly pulled over by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies just before 4 a.m. Wednesday near Malibu, and as of late Wednesday morning, was still in custody.

In WEEI.com's continuing coverage of the NFL Draft, which kicks off with the first round Thursday, D.J. Bean has his latest -- and final -- mock draft, in which he has the Patriots selecting Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick. Bean predicts that the No. 1 overall pick will be Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford headed to the Rams, with Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh going No. 2 to the Lions.