McCourty at top of Patriots' board

Updated: April 23, 2010, 4:49 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots stayed true to a winning formula Thursday night, resisting the temptation to reach for a more glaring need while picking the highest-rated player on their board, Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty, with the 27th overall selection.

It is a pick that figures to disappoint fans who were hoping for a difference-making pass-rusher or defensive end.

After all, that's what the Patriots need most.

But teams that reach for need usually find ...

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