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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Corn Elder, CB

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Florida A&M at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

College Statistics

Player Overview

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.

Strengths

  • 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.

Weaknesses

  • Lacks ideal size for NFL corners.

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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.