CB – #5 Florida
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Benjamin (Riviera Beach, FL)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9755)
Phil Steele: PS#13
Kaiir Elam scouting report
Very fast and quit. Kept up with some quick/fast receivers in college with relative ease. Excellent lateral quickness. Does a phenomenal job with his body control and keeping his hips square. Accelerates instantly. Moves with fluid motion. Excellent athlete.
Lacks a lot of upper body strength that could help him be a better defender. Changes direction very well. Hips are light and fluid. Struggles to recover when he gets beat. Doesn’t get his leverage back when he loses it. Not a good tackler. Doesn’t try to wrap up. Lacks effort and hustle to make play against running backs. Not a great space defender. Doesn’t have good pursuit angles and isn’t a good tackler. Doesn’t work through blocks very well. Too aggressive most times with his pursuit.
Stays with his man assignment decently well. Very strong at the catch point. Likes to be physical throughout the route. Can get very handsy toward the end of his route. Elam does a great job taking passing lanes away in zone coverage but does not come downhill very well at all to stop the play when he keeps it in front of him. Solid mirror technique press. Stays with the rep very well. Handles speed well. Doesn’t have a great jam technique.
Kaiir Elam is a very technically refined prospect who is ultra-prepared for the next level. NFL teams will love his sticky mirror technique and athletic ability. We aren’t too fond of his lack of effort or desire to be involved in the play as a tackler, but outside of that there is a lot to like as a potential pro bowl player.
We like Elam as a first round lock. His coverage ability is much too smooth to be unnoticed at the next level. However, we still have reservations about his lack of tackling ability. We hope to see much improvement in this area.