As many as five cornerbacks could be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in April, with Troy State's Leodis McKelvin in the mix to be the very first one picked. Depending on who you talk to, McKelvin, South Florida's Mike Jenkins, Arizona's Antoine Cason, Tennessee State's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Kansas' Aqib Talib are all mentioned as first-round worthy talent.
McKelvin also adds excitement to football games with his return specialist skills and his 4.38-second 40 time that he showed off at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster returned seven punts and one kickoff for touchdowns during his college career while averaging 13.1 yards on punt returns and 23.7 yards on kickoff returns.
And on Wednesday night, McKelvin told Scout.com that he was preparing for a Thursday visit with the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo's two biggest needs in this draft are at wide receiver and cornerback, and with the 11th pick overall in the draft, they'll certainly have a shot at McKelvin who is expected to come off the board within the first half of round one.
The pesky cornerback would provide the Bills with a quick-learning, confident defender who could claim a starter's role right out of the blocks this September. He has outstanding change of direction skills and times his leaps extremely well. An active tackler, McKelvin posted 148 stops during his college career and forced four fumbles.
Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton is drawing lots of interest and has already held personal workouts for the Chiefs, Falcons, Patriots, and Jets. And he has his first visit scheduled for April 17th with the Dallas Cowboys.
Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton eludes defenders after a catch.
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Burton, who became just the third receiver in his school's history to exceed the 2000-yard career receiving mark, told Scout.com that he's continuing to draw serious ongoing interest from the Bears and the Colts as well.
At his pro day, Burton said he spent time talking with representatives from the Panthers, Bears, Colts, Chiefs, Vikings, Jets, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Titans and Redskins.
He let his numbers from the Combine stand rather than perform those drills again at his pro day since he felt he had shown scouts that he was fully recovered from his arthroscopic knee surgery from December. Burton placed first among receivers in the vertical jump with a 38 1/2-inch leap. And he also posted a 4.44-second 40-time, placing him twelfth among all receivers at the Combine.
"I'm proud that I showed them I can run straight ahead," Burton said during an exclusive interview with Scout.com. "I know my 40 varied with different teams because teams have their own times, but they have to understand that I worked as hard as I possibly could to get my knee together before the Combine. I think I did a lot better than they thought I would."
Burton, who sat out the Senior Bowl to continue to rehab his knee, has obviously been intriguing scouts and coaches who saw him grab 77 passes for 1,036 yards during his junior season, and who still managed to catch 66 more for 741 yards during his senior year as he battled both a knee and ankle injury.
He's a football player
Boston College middle linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar knows that his game film is going to be the primary factor in convincing scouts and coaches that he can be a strong contributor to an NFL team's success in the coming years. The hardworking, fiery leader of the Eagles defense summed it up well during his recent interview with Scout.com.
"I'm a football player. I'm not one of those guys that look good in shorts and a t-shirt," he explained while referencing postseason workouts such as the NFL Scouting Combine. "Good for them, but I know what I can do when it comes to putting a helmet and shoulder pads on. That's how I play and I've always been like that.
"I've never been one of the fastest kids or the strongest kids, but I've always been a good football player and that's something I have confidence in."
Dunbar, who always seemed to be around the ball for Boston College's tough defense, was the Meineke Bowl MVP. He made 182 tackles during his final two seasons alone. He told Scout.com that at the Combine he had formal interviews with the Jaguars, Raiders, Buccaneers, Panthers and Jets.