By Paul Wanecski
When the Buffalo Bills selected FSU cornerback Ronald Darby with the 50th pick in this year's draft, it may have been the signal to the end of an era. For 2 years, Hashtag Sports has been talking about what a dominate slot corner Leodis McKelvin would be. Now he may get that opportunity if the team doesn't release or trade him first.
McKelvin, even at his age, is still fast. Darby is faster. Neither have phenomenal ball skills when the pass is in the air, but to compare, Darby had shown better awareness. McKelvin was effective on the outside last year but it is had to deny the fact that when it comes to lateral movement, he is best fit for slot cornerback. He is best with the play in front of him, being able to key and explode on the ball during passes like crossing routes. The NFL shifting to a vertical game means that slot wide receivers become an integral part of an offense. Players like Wes Welker and Victor Cruz have made a lot of money by abusing the third best cornerback on a defense.