“Attacks” was the word that kept showing up in my notes when watching Miami CB Corn Elder. He attacks the ball at the catch point. He attacks runners in the open field. He attacks blockers on bubbles and won’t shy from contact otherwise. He attacks quarterbacks when blitzing. Corn just gets after it. You can’t watch his work and not sit back in admiration. I understand his size is not ideal, but what I don’t understand is how you would not want this type of dog on your team. Corn could be the biggest surprise in this extremely deep CB class.
Miami CB Corn Elder will bury you. pic.twitter.com/7kcQFlV9vQ
— Michael Kist (@MichaelJKist) March 16, 2017
Name: Corn Elder
Size: 5’10” / 183
Comparison: Ronde Barber
Draft Grade: Late 2nd Round
Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash – 4.55
Positives: Ultra competitive. Plays much bigger than his size. Twitched up with quick feet. Play speed is faster than his timed speed (tracked down FSU Dalvin Cook & PIT Quadree Henderson). Adept at breaking up passes; attacks hands at catch point. Displays awareness of route combinations and depth in zone. Best tackling CB in the draft; form, wrap and runs through contact. Quick to diagnose. Aggressive, instinctive and decisive. Sticky in man coverage. Fluid backpedal and quick click and close. Won’t avoid contact from running backs or offensive linemen. Disengages from blocks frequently with good hands. Effective blitzer. Contributes as a gunner and has returned kicks; takes pride in special teams.
Negatives: Not as comfortable in press and will have trouble against bigger receivers at the line and in the air. Short with short arms. Lacks long speed to stay in hip pocket on vertical routes. Size profile will take him off some boards entirely. Physical play style could lead to long injury history.
Outlook: Corn won’t meet some size/length requirements but the team that drafts him is going to land a gritty, high motor football player that will force himself on the field early. He projects as a nickel, tackles like a safety, and would also fit on the outside in a cover 2 scheme.