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McKelvin has been inconsistent and hasn't lived up to his draft status.
When Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix stated that Leodis McKelvin was going to be the starting right cornerback, it came as a surprise to many. Since drafted 11th overall in 2008, McKelvin has been underwhelming, to say the least.
He broke his leg during his second year in the league, and even though he became a starter in 2010, his ability in coverage was constantly called into question due to his decision-making.
It’s not that he was out of position, but rather that he couldn’t find a way to make a play on the ball in the air. He would often look the favorite to win possession, but then it would find a way to elude him. There’s no question that he could be a stud, but the fact that he has yet to prove it suggests that he may never do so.
It may be that Nix is projecting him as the starter in order to create more interest in free agency, or he could be attempting to light a fire under the player to get him motivated for the season. Either way, the Redskins could show some interest, despite the less-than-flattering review of his play.
Washington needs corners who can stay with receivers, and McKelvin can do that. The NFC East has some impressive guys catching the ball, and Washington gave up a lot of big plays last year. Yes, improved safety play would give them a lot of support over the top, but just having corners in good positions also helps.
It’s a perfectly reasonable argument to state that there’s no point having a defender in the right position if he’s incapable of making a play, but McKelvin would still offer some stability at the position that just wasn’t’ there last year.
He will consider himself a starter, but other teams may not. This could drive his price down and he could yet be available for a decent sum.