Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
Patriotsblog.net CB Rank: 2
Strengths: Overall, he is just a very technically sound conerback. He has good speed, and is a natural athlete. He is also a playmaker, and can return kicks. Solid tackler for a cornerback. After a strong Senior Bowl, he is flying up the draft boards. Has the potential to be a star corner.
Weaknesses: Not very physical, he’s not the type of guy that will bump a guy a lot in the first five yards. He’s a playmaker, and sometimes that hurts him, as he can make breaks for the ball and miss.
Role: McKelvin isn’t my favorite of the 2008 cornerbacks, as I believe the Patriots need a really physical cornerback, one who can manhandle receivers at the line. McKelvin will sort of be a mirror image of Ellis Hobbs. However, he is definately a potential option, especially if Asante Samuel leaves (whereas Talib has some abilities that Samuel doesn’t). Nonetheless, McKelvin has a lot of natural talent, and is a big time playmaker. And if Samuel leaves, he can be a big time player in the future.
What the Experts Say: Tommy Hicks, Press-Register
The dual threat not only has proven himself at the cornerback position — where his speed and quickness are a great asset — but also is one of the country’s top punt and kickoff returners. He was named first-team All-America as a punt returner by The Sporting News.