Corn Elder, CB
School: Miami | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 180 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Ronald Darby
Corn Elder was one of my favorite players at Miami. Elder really made his name at Miami during his junior season in one of the best finishes in college football history when we returned a kickoff 75 yards after a series of laterals to beat Duke. Elder will be remembered at Miami for having done far more than that, though. He was a leader on the Miami defense and is one of the most physical cornerbacks in this draft as well as arguably one of the best tacklers in this draft probably at any position. What’s most impressive about Elder are his instincts he just has an innate ability to know where the ball is going and get into position to make a stop. In addition to being in the right place at the right time Elder has great athleticism and attitude and was not afraid to cover bigger athletic receivers. Elder doesn't have the desired size or length to play on the outside at the next level (not suggesting he can’t) it makes him a prime candidate to play Nickel CB.
- Aggressive and unafraid of contact his most polished attribute is his ability to tackle.
- Excellent instincts and feel for the position. Elder played inside and outside at Miami and did well in man and zone situations. He also displays solid technique displaying nice fluidity and change of direction ability.
- Great athlete, his short area quickness with great reflexes and speed will suit him well if he indeed plays the slot in the NFL.
- No slouch in coverage either, Elder has good awareness and exercises a healthy medium between patience and attack when the ball is in the air. Despite lacking interception totals he played the ball well racking up passes defended numbers.
- High effort player, you have to see the highlight of him chasing down Dalvin Cook from the other side of the field.
- Lacks ideal size for NFL corners.
Let’s see his work:
#Miami CB Corn Elder cuts in front of a bad Josh Dobbs pass and gets a pick on the first drill of practice. Elder had progressed each day.— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 26, 2017
Corn Elder/DB/Miami has had a nice day, breaking up a few passes, attacking the ball in the air and showing good hands in drills #SeniorBowl— Draft Analyst (@DraftAnalyst1) January 25, 2017
Corn Elder is much better in press man. Good rep here. pic.twitter.com/FGem8LhGeM— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 25, 2017
Corn Elder will get taken mid-round, have notable impact, & earn a raise for an unknown team scout. https://t.co/xC7FbmoLqd— Eric Robinson (@ERobinsonRSEN) January 18, 2017
I don't know what Corn Elder is going to run time wise but I just watched him track down Quadree Henderson on the kickoff unit so he can fly— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) January 18, 2017
Corn Elder, D.J. Pumphrey, Forrest Lamp, Duke Riley, Tre'Davious White are among some players AFC scouts have said "interview very well."— Victor Cotto (@cottovic) January 27, 2017
CB Corn Elder (Miami, 5'10", 175lbs). No reason to ever take him off field. Speed, instincts, run support, ball tracking, blitz, gunner, PR. pic.twitter.com/kUFa8C5iKI— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) January 23, 2017
CB Corn Elder (Miami, 5'10", 175lbs) needs to be in Top 50 discussion. By far best tackling CB I've seen. Nickel is basically base D now. pic.twitter.com/anFWPXeP53— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) January 23, 2017
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
If the Redskins are looking to add a slot CB to the roster Corn Elder is a top prospect, in my opinion, to look at in the mid rounds. He is a guy I do think can hang with the speedy slot receivers not only in the NFC East but in the NFL. Somewhat surprisingly the future Redskins cornerback position is uncertain at this point particular at the slot position. Bashaud Breeland is in a contract year and Kendall Fuller still has to prove that he can play anywhere at the CB spot. Elder may not be the answer to future vacancies on the outside but he provides an immediate solution to an area where the Redskins have been burnt before.