Devin McCourty explains how Kyle Dugger could fit in with Patriots defense


The Patriots defense may not have a player more athletic than second-round pick Kyle Dugger.

Some have said he is a safety in a linebacker's body with a cornerback's speed -- so, how might the Patriots use him?

Appearing on his Double Coverage Podcast with twin brother Jason, Devin McCourty gave some insight.

“I’m excited to just get him in our defense,” he said. “As athletic as he is, I know he’ll be able to be that chess piece moving all over the defense, so it’ll be fun.”

Coming from D-II Lenoir-Rhyne, McCourty believes he will have the right attitude and fit in well with the unit.

“It’s exciting, man,” McCourty said. “Obviously, we don’t know a lot of the guys when they come out of college, but once we drafted him, just seeing his combine results (and that he’s a) small-school guy, so he’s going to have a huge chip on his shoulder. I think he’s going to fit right in. …

“Coming in as a small-school guy, coming in as a guy that when you get drafted, people are like, ‘Why’d they pick him?’ — I love getting guys like that. I felt like I was the same way coming into the league (No. 27 overall pick in 2010 out of Rutgers), and I’m sure he’ll be like that. … Anytime you get young guys in there that just want to learn and play, it’s so exciting watching them develop, so he’s going to be like the rest of those guys, I’m sure — eager to get going.”

Dugger will have some good players to learn from at the position in McCourty and Patrick Chung.