Leodis McKelvin Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||5'11 - 187 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
Leodis McKelvin is considered by many pundits as a Kevin Hester clone. He is anything but. McKelvin is a true defensive back in every word. He is a DB first and return specialist second, although it is his spectacular returns that first introduced us to him. McKelvin commenced his Trojan career in 2004 when he played in all twelve games as a freshman. In 2005, he was an All Sun Belt selection as a kick and punt returner. He averaged an amazing 25.8 yards per kickoff and 12.6 per punt returns that season. The 2006 season marked a turning point in his development. That year marked his first full time action at cornerback. He started all thirteen games at the position, made 66 tackles - 56 unassisted - forced two fumbles and even played some wide receiver. The 2007 season saw McKelvin taking his game to another level. He started all twelve regular season games, gaining 60 tackles - 50 of them solo. He made two interceptions and recovered a fumble returning it 36 yards. He excelled returning kicks and also returned 25 punts, three for touchdown, for 436 yards and 33 kickoffs for 765 yards. He led Troy in all-purpose yards from scrimmage with 1,192. He finished his career one kickoff return short of the NCAA record of seven. He is a two time All American selection as a returner (2006 and 2007) and has received some All American mentions at cornerback during his senior season. He was also invited to play at several All Star bowl games. McKelvin possessed blazing speed, his 40 time had been clocked in 4.38 to 4.45 range; allowing him to run with most of the receivers in the next level. He possesses a natural instinct for the position, because he is quick to read and react. He uses his hands well to disrupt the receiver timing and can accelerate with tremendous burst. He shows great recovery speed with a smooth backpedal and hip turn. McKelvin has good man coverage skills and can also play zone, due to his above average football intelligence. He has good hands for interceptions and comes up quickly for run support, although sometimes he shys away from contact. He does need to develop better mechanics and definitely must avoid gambling. He is just not physical enough right now and will sometimes bite on double moves; he just needs more experience at the position. McKelvin is a great pro prospect. He has round one type skills, but probably will be drafted in the mid to late second round. He will immediately uplift the return game of the team that drafted him. With more experience and good coaching, he should have a smooth transition to DB in the NFL. He has instant contribution characteristics and has a chance to be a very solid pro for years.
Last Updated Dec-24-2007 by Raul Colon
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