Over the first week of training camp Leodis McKelvin has reportedly been inconsistent at corner and has developed cement hands fielding kicks. Most fans and scouts agree Leodis has great potential, and could become a shut down corner. However, corner is one of the Bills deepest positions with Florence, McGee, Yabouty, Corner, Lankster, and Sargeant.
While I hate to weaken our defensive backfield, given our depth at corner and our need for a strong tackle, I think the Bills should consider trading McKelvin for a LT. Baltimore seems like the logical trade partner since their defensive backfield is currently devastated by departures and injuries. Nix should offer McKelvin straight up for Oher, and be willing to settle for Gaither in return for McKelvin. The Chargers might also be interested in McKelvin for McNeil, given the McNeil holdout.
Improving our OL should aid our defense by reducing the number of plays and series our D faces each week. I believe McKelving for a starting caliber LT would pay dividends this year and into the future, as our current weak tackle situation could become a strength with Gaither and Green (or Bell) starting, and Bell (or Green), Merideth, and Wang providing young depth with upside. Thus the Bills would not be forced to pick a tackle high in next years draft.
Our remaining DB's (corners and safeties) proved they could play top notch football without McKelvin last year. Meanwhile, Spiller's arrival coupled with Jackson's proven kickoff return ability negate any potential loss of return ability that a McKelvin trade might be perceived to cause.
My bottom line is that McKelvin is a redundant luxury for the Bills and not a necessity. A strong tackle is a necessity. With Schoebel's departure, the Bill's have the cash to lock up Gaither or McNeil long term and turn a current weakness into a strength.
Am I dreaming, having a nightmare, or half sane with this thought?
Which left tackle would you trade McKelvin for?
Michael Oher (34 votes)
Jared Gaithier (18 votes)
Marcus McNeil (42 votes)
Any of the above (77 votes)
Oher, but Baltimore would not do the trade (111 votes)
Gaither, but Baltimore would not do the trade (8 votes)
McNeil, but SD would not do the trade (39 votes)
329 total votes