Ex-Troy Standout Could Go From Small Schools to Big Draft Picks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - It's already been a great year for football players from Troy, and Leodis McKelvin could add to that in April.

McKelvin said the Trojans has two this year win the Super Bowl and we had two in the Pro Bowl.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora and kicker Lawrence Tynes shined for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, while Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware, the Dallas Cowboys linebacker, were honored as two
of the NFC's top players. Now McKelvin, a speedy cornerback, could become a first-round draft pick.

Another cornerback from a small school could also go in the first round: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of Tennessee State.

What could attract NFL clubs to McKelvin and Rodgers-Cromartie beyond their cornerback abilities is their special teams skills. McKelvin said he hopes to make the kind of impact on special teams as a rookie that Devin Hester did.

With McKelvin, NFL teams have the opportunity to watch game film and see him against elite competition. Troy faced Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma State and Georgia this past season.

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