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What should Bills do with Leodis McKelvin?

In this morning's Buffalo News, beat reporter Mark Gaughan examined one of the more intriguing situations on the Buffalo Bills roster: cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

There's a big summer ahead for the 11th overall pick in 2008.

McKelvin has been a disappointment, bolstering the track record of failure that chased top college scout Tom Modrak and head coach Dick Jauron out of the organization.

McKelvin was supposed to be a playmaking defender with return abilities. He hasn't made enough plays to make up for the times he gets burned on the regular. After a stellar rookie season on kickoffs, he hasn't been a factor there, either.

What caught my attention in the article was McKelvin already musing about getting beaten out by prospects Stephon Gilmore and Aaron Williams and getting knocked into the slot. McKelvin, an outside defender his first four years, worked mostly in the slot at Monday's practice.

In one quote, McKelvin spoke about wanting to "end up great."

But he also told Gaughan: "We've got a lot of young guys coming along [increasing] the competition level. If anything happens on the back end as far me not winning a starting job on the outside, I also could play on the inside."

McKelvin stressed his confidence level was unshaken, but do you want an 11th overall pick to give even an inch when it comes to offseason competition with unproven, albeit promising, youngsters?

McKelvin's job could be safe. The Bills released Drayton Florence, the player who beat him out last year, and veteran Terrence McGee has persistent injury issues. They need the depth at a crucial position.

"My talent will take care of itself," McKelvin said. "I'll just go out there and play. Contract year, whatever happens, happens. I'm just going to keep playing my hardest and God will take care of the rest."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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