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Corner Solved? Bills Take Troy’s CB McKelvin with 11th Pick

McKelvin

The Bills needed corner help, and they got it on Saturday in the first round of the NFL draft with corner Leodis McKelvin of Troy.  5-10, 190 pounds, he is a solid cover corner that will find things to his liking in Western NY.  He also is a good kick returner, and that part of the Bills game could be upgraded as well with the pick.  McKelvin is a great pick that hopefully will be a solid one for the Bills for years to come.

Here is a scouting report on McKelvin from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Very athletic…Has good size…Excellent timed speed with a burst to close…A solid tackler…Outstanding footwork…Great hands…Has fluid hips and is smooth in his transition…Natural man coverage skills…True playmaker who is a threat to take it the distance every time he gets his hands on the ball…Also a dynamic return man.

Weaknesses:
Relatively marginal instincts and anticipation…He doesn’t have a lot of experience bumping at the line…Could do a better job in zone coverage…Too aggressive and plays a little out of control at times…Did not always play against elite competition.

Notes:
Hails from the same college program that produced Osi Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware…For his career he averaged 13.1 yards per punt return with 7 touchdowns and 23.7 yard per kick return with one touchdown…Named to several All-American teams after averaging 17.4 yards and with 3 TD’s as a punt returner in ’07…Draft stock soared as a senior and quietly emerged as one of the best prospects at his position..Has starting potential as a corner and should be a top-notch return man..

And here is ESPN’s take on McKelvin:

McKelvin doesn’t have elite ball skills and he isn’t tough against the run, but he has great speed (4.38), changes directions quickly and flashes great instincts. In addition, he’s a dangerous open-field runner who can contribute in the return game and is always a threat to turn an interception into points. If he can adjust to the speed of the pro game, McKelvin can make an immediate impact.


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