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By PFW staff

The Patriots now have all 12 of their draft picks signed and in camp with the announcement that first-round CB Devin McCourty has a contract.

McCourty, the 27th pick in the draft, became only the second first-round pick to sign this year when he agreed to a reported five-year deal that includes $7.8 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $13.2 million.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick referred to McCourty as a "four-down player" in April, meaning he will be expected to contribute heavily on both defense and special teams. McCourty could win the starting CB job opposite Leigh Bodden, competing with second-year CB Darius Butler, but is the favorite for the nickel position.

Personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote in PFW's 2010 Draft Preview that McCourty is a "lean, athletic, quick-footed cornerback with legit speed, movement skills and explosion to match up at the next level."


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