Buccaneers continue search at cornerback

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a need at cornerback in this draft and they're scouring the country trying to assess the top players. On the heels of USF's pro day — which included cornerback Mike Jenkins' workout — Bucsblitz.com has learned of the Bucs' attendance of another high-profile cornerback prospect's workout last week.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a need at cornerback in this draft and they're scouring the country trying to assess the top players. On the heels of USF's pro day — which included cornerback Mike Jenkins' workout — Bucsblitz.com has learned of the Bucs' attendance of another high-profile cornerback prospect's workout last week.

The departure of Brian Kelly to Detroit left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with just two reliable cornerbacks in Ronde Barber and Phillip Buchanon.

Tampa Bay worked to shore up the depth last week by re-signing Sammy Davis.

But the Bucs may not be done, if last week is any indication.

Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin spoke of University of South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins in glowing terms after the Bulls' pro day last Friday.

Now, Bucsblitz.com has learned — thanks to Ravensinsider.com's Aaron Wilson — that the Buccaneers attended Troy cornerback Leodis McKelvin's workout last week.

McKelvin (5-10 ½, 186 pounds) is considered the No. 2 cornerback in the draft, according to Scout.com, putting him right behind Jenkins.

McKelvin will be featured in another workout on Tuesday, which will be attended by at least 20 teams, according to Troy University strength and conditioning coach Richard Shaughnessy.

Baltimore will be among those 20 teams and they're keenly interested in the cornerback.

"I've gotten a lot of phone calls from Baltimore," Shaughnessy told Wilson. "Baltimore asked him a lot of questions at the combine and showed him some film and Leodis thinks they're showing a lot of interest in him. He's a quality kid, a good kid and he's very talented."

Reportedly, position coaches from Tampa Bay saw McKelvin's workout last week, likely meaning secondary coach Raheem Morris was in attendance.

McKelvin is considered a first-round pick by most draft experts. He earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors after notching 60 tackles, 2.5 stops for loss and three forced fumbles last year. He also deflected nine passes and intercepted two others.

Where McKelvin really intrigues many teams is in the return game. He led the Sun Belt and was fourth in the nation in punt returns with a 17.4-yard average, and was third in the Sun Belt in kickoff returns with a 23.2-yard average. He also led the team in all-purpose yardage with 1,228 yards and scored three touchdowns, all on punt returns.

At the moment, McKelvin is considered a mid-first round pick by most experts. Scout.com Chris Steuber has McKelvin going to New England at No. 7 overall in his latest mock draft.


Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.


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