McCourty, Suh on elite path

Patriots cornerback and Lions lineman lead NFL's rookie class on defense

Updated: November 24, 2010, 1:28 PM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The odds of Devin McCourty claiming defensive rookie of the year honors this season are extremely long.

Ndamukong Suh, the Detroit Lions' monstrous defensive lineman, is a virtual lock to win the award. Suh certainly has lived up to his hype as the No. 2 pick in the draft this past spring after an All-American career at Nebraska, and New England will get a close-up look at the 6-foot-4, 307-pounder Thursday when the Patriots visit the Lions for a Thanksgiving Day game.

But ...

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