There’s no denying that this upcoming cornerback class for the 2017 NFL Draft is special. One player who turned some heads, not only on his tape, but also at Miami’s 2017 Pro Day was cornerback Corn Elder.
Other than having one of the coolest names in the draft class, Elder has become a fan favorite thanks to some outstanding plays he made in the talented ACC.
Elder’s Combine performance was limited, as he only ran the 40-yard dash and nothing else. In that lone area, he didn’t perform as well as most thought he would by running a 4.55. As a 5-foo-10, 185-pound defensive back, you really need to see more speed than that.
At his Pro Day, Elder remedied that concern by running two much faster times, both in the 4.4’s
(Sorry for the overuse of the corn emoji – I’m not sorry.)
Those numbers are much closer to what you want to see from a player who makes his money on play recognition, ball skills and recovery speed, which are coincidentally the three of the main areas Tampa looks for in their cornerbacks.
After his test, Elder was first in line for the defensive back drills, to which he performed well.
In the drills, Elder looked very comfortable. Though it wasn’t against receivers, he looked smooth in his movements and with his speed. We’ve talked before that the Buccaneers definitely have a “type” when it comes to cornerbacks. Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves are both sub-6-foot players who makes their money with anticipation and explosiveness. That’s also what Elder is, and if the team is looking for a backup corner option in this deep corner draft, Elder could be right in their wheelhouse in rounds 3 or 4.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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