MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Cornerback Leodis McKelvin kept alive Troy's recent tradition of defensive stars going quickly in the NFL draft.
McKelvin went to the Buffalo Bills today with the 11th overall pick of the draft's first round. He matches Dallas Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware for the highest selection by a Trojans player and joins Ware and Osi Umenyiora in the NFL.
After McKelvin's pick, it was quite awhile before another state player was chosen. Then, Auburn's pass rushing defensive end Quentin Groves was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round as the 52nd pick overall.
Eight picks later, Green Bay drafted Auburn cornerback Patrick Lee.
McKelvin is a dangerous return man and cover corner. He watched the draft from an Atlanta restaurant with some 200 friends and family members and then flew to Buffalo.
Other in-state players expected to be drafted in the final five rounds include Auburn's Pat Sims and Alabama's DJ Hall, Wallace Gilberry and Simeon Castille.
Sims left after his junior season,
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