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Scouting Report on McCourty


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NFLDraftScout.com ranks Haden first and McCourty fourth among cornerbacks in the draft. Pro Football Weekly ranks Haden first and McCourty fifth.


The fact the Browns would be interested in high-level cornerbacks after acquiring Sheldon Brown from the Eagles in a trade last week is a reflection of how much help General Manager Tom Heckert believes the Browns need in the secondary.


McCourty has not received the notoriety Haden has. They are identical in size — 5-11, 193 pounds — but McCourty is faster; he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash compared to the 4.52 40-time posted by Haden.


It is unlikely the Browns would use the seventh overall pick on Haden, but not out of the question. McCourty is projected to go somewhere from late in the first round to the middle of the second round. The Browns have the sixth overall pick in the second round and three picks in the third.


NFLDraftScout.com has a glowing scouting report on McCourty: “Reads receiver’s body language to see if his man is the primary target ... Quick to jump routes because he reads the quarterback well ... Doesn’t bite on stop-and-go routes ... Supports the run quickly, even when the play is between the tackles or on the other side of the field ... Baits quarterbacks into throwing in his direction, closing very well when the ball is in front of him. Good plant and drive with body control ... Takes the proper angle to the receiver ... Lacks elite speed, but can recover quickly enough when picked on crossing or drag routes to make the tackle."


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Looks like the Browns are definately doing their due dilligence. McCourty sounds pretty goodAnd the fact that he can be had maybe in the second round might indicate that the Browns are looking to trade down if Berry is not available at number 7.

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