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Melvin Guillard's coming of age

Updated: January 18, 2011, 11:50 AM ET
By Chuck Mindenhall | For ESPN.com

The words coming out of Melvin Guillard's camp to describe him are "intelligent," "smart," "explosive" and "charismatic."

Mike Winklejohn throws out the one that everyone in Albuquerque, N.M., hopes will stick -- that is, "contender." The rest is dressing.

Guillard has been through plenty of ups and downs in his life, and at just 28 he's learned enough to treat them all as equals. There was a time when "waste" and "screw-up" were words used to describe him, too. But as ...

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