Corn Elder, CB, Miami
This is one of the deepest cornerback classes in draft history and the Eagles would be crazy not to take advantage of it. Despite taking a corner in the first round, Philadelphia would only be doing themselves a favor by selecting another later on.
One of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s draft is Corn Elder. At just 5’10”, many believe he is too small to be a successful corner at the next level, but his tape leaves nothing to be desired. He’s physical, intelligent and immensely confident. The team that selects Elder will be getting one of the most underrated players of the draft.
Here’s a scouting report on Elder, courtesy of NFL.com.
"STRENGTHS: Doesn’t realize he’s undersized. Plays physically and with good confidence. Patient from press with footwork and body control for extended mirroring of release. Gets into receivers and can take their route off-schedule. Sinks into receivers on outside release constricting the vertical throwing window. Plays variety of coverages and squeezes routes in all. Former high school basketball star with point guard quickness and little hesitation in his transitions. Twitchy click-and-close to the ball. Plus instincts and ready to pounce on throws from zone. Aggressive in run support striking through his target and running his feet through completion. WEAKNESSES: Will be too small to play outside in the pros. Lightweight and will get “big-boyed” by bigger slots who play with good route strength. Quicker than fast. Lacking a second gear and will give up some separation on intermediate and deep routes. Has issues defending the high throw. Tall receivers can go up and over him. Physical nature could create durability concerns if pressed into extensive run-support situations."