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04-26-2008, 06:36 PM
Birmingham News

Troy's Leodis McKelvin only state player drafted in NFL's first round

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Posted by Mike Perrin - The Birmingham News April 26, 2008 6:16 PM
Categories: Sports

As expected, Troy University cornerback Leodis McKelvin was the only player with Alabama ties picked in the opening round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The Buffalo Bills chose McKelvin with the 11th pick, which tied him as the highest choice ever from Troy along with current Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

McKelvin said from his draft party in Atlanta that the Bills were planning to fly him north sometime tonight. It will be his second trip to the Bills' headquarters. Buffalo was the first team to bring him in for a visit after his senior season ended for the Trojans.

"Buffalo is a great town and a great football town," he said.

See Sunday's Birmingham News for more on the NFL Draft.

Mike Perrin

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04-27-2008, 03:53 AM
Troy DB state's only first-round pick

Sunday, April 27, 2008
News staff writer

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Small-town guy Leodis McKelvin is headed to small-market Buffalo after the Bills made him the 11th overall pick in Saturday's opening round of the NFL Draft.

The former Troy University cornerback was the first defensive back to go in the 3-hour opening round and his selection tied DeMarcus Ware as the highest pick ever for the Trojans.

Standout linebacker Ware went to the Dallas Cowboys as the No.11 overall in 2004.

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McKelvin, 22, said he was happy to go to a team that had such a strong fan base.

"It's great," the Waycross, Ga., native said from a loud draft party at an Atlanta sports bar. "It's kind of cold, but I'll adapt. Buffalo was the first trip I took to visit NFL teams. Buffalo is a great town and a great football town."

The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder, who ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, is expected to contribute early to the Bills secondary, plus he is one of the top kick returners in the draft.

"He's an all-around corner," Tom Modrak, the Bills vice president of college scouting told The Buffalo News. "Sometimes it's hard to find a cover guy/support guy combination. He gives you both."

McKelvin's agent, Hadley Engelhard, said Buffalo execs were excited that he lasted to the 11th pick.

"They were thrilled he fell in their laps," Engelhard said. "They were thrilled not only with his cover skills, but his return skills. They were just ecstatic.

"One of Leodis' personal goals was to become the first cornerback selected. That was a big goal and he achieved that goal."

Last year's 11th pick, Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis, was signed to a $16.7 million contract. The Bills, with the 12th pick in 2007, signed running back Marshawn Lynch to an $18.9 million pact, according to figures compiled by Pro Football Weekly.

McKelvin, one of six defensive backs picked in the first round and one of 15 defensive players, said the Bills planned to fly him to Buffalo on Saturday night.

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