McKelvin Visits Bills
Leodis McKelvin (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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Posted Mar 28, 2008


Physical cover corner, dangerous returner could fall to Buffalo at No. 11

As reported by Scout.com earlier this week, draft prospect Leodis McKelvin visited with the Buffalo Bills Friday.

The 5-foot-10, 190 lb. cornerback out of Troy is widely considered the safest pick in a top-heavy CB draft class, which includes Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Mike Jenkins and Aqib Talib.

In his senior season at Troy, McKelvin had 50 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass breakups. At the Combine, he ran a sizzling 4.38 in the 40 (eighth amongst cornerbacks), and had a 4.10 in the 20-yard shuttle (fourth).

McKelvin is the best change-of-direction corner in the class - he doesn't slow down in dropback cuts/hip movements. McKelvin is fluid and athletic with physical, man-up cover skills. He doesn't have Rodgers-Cromartie's nose for the ball, but is a more polished overall cornerback.

Not that Buffalo needs one, but McKelvin is also a lethal returner. With Terrence McGee (kicks) and Roscoe Parrish (punts), the Bills have one of the best duos in the league. Nonetheless, McKelvin would be a handy wild card on special teams. In college, he amassed 3,909 all-purpose yards - third-most in Sun Belt Conference history. McKelvin returned seven punts and one kick for eight total touchdowns, which tied a Division I-A record.

Chances are, McKelvin will not be available when Buffalo picks at No. 11. New England (No. 7), Baltimore (No. 8) and New Orleans (No. 10) could all select a cornerback. Still, with Rodgers-Cromartie's stock soaring, McKelvin may may slip.p>

And it'd be awfully difficult for Buffalo to pass him up, even with its major need at wide receiver.



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