Titans to host DB prospect

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 2:12am

Standout cornerback prospect Leodis McKelvin of Troy, arguably the top defensive back and return man available in this year’s NFL Draft, will visit the Tennessee Titans next week, his agent Hadley Englehard confirmed.

McKelvin and Tennessee State’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are regarded as two of the top cornerbacks available in the 2008 draft, a draft that is considered not to have a lot of first-round picks at that position.

By most projections, the McKelvin could be a top-15 pick, while the Titans stand at 24, meaning there is a strong possibility the cornerback would not be on the board at their pick.

McKelvin’s value is enhanced by the fact that he is also one of the top return men in college football. He had seven career touchdown returns on punts and kickoffs for the Trojans during his college career.

McKelvin had just four career interceptions at Troy, but some of that was due to the fact that opposing quarterbacks rarely threw his way.

The Titans are allowed 30 pre-draft player visits not counting local players, also hosted Rodgers-Cromartie as one of their local visits.

IN THE FOLD: Running back LenDale White, who created a small stir by being AWOL when the Titans’ offseason program started March 23, has since joined in the workouts a few days into the proceedings.

Workouts in the offseason program are voluntary at this time of year, but most players take part or at least inform the team of their plans to be absent.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck had also been absent at the start of the program, but was spending time vacationing in Spain.

White became the Titans’ feature back last season, rushing for 1,110 yards and seven touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. That came on the heels of an offseason in which his conditioning was openly questioned after he reported for offseason work at 260 pounds.

Though White is still expected to be Tennessee’s starter this season, the club is still likely to pursue a speed and third-down type option somewhere in the draft or with a late free agent signing either after the draft or after final cuts this summer.

NUMBERS GAME: The Titans newest pickups already have numbers assigned to them, according to the team’s official web site. Jevon Kearse, of course, reclaimed No. 90, which he displayed at his news conference last month.

Tight end Alge Crumpler will wear No. 83, which was worn by unrestricted free agent Eric Moulds last season. Receiver Justin McCareins has been assigned No. 19, while tight end Dwayne Blakley has No. 84 and guard Jake Scott will wear No. 73.

GETTING READY: The Titans scouts will be in Nashville next week as the team begins its final preparations for the April 26-27 draft. Recommendations and evaluations of players will be made during those discussions. The Titans will then begin to stack their draft board and will finalize it in the days leading up to the draft.

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