Kaiir Elam NFL Draft 2022: Scouting Report for Buffalo Bills' CB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 29, 2022

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 16: Kaiir Elam #5 of the Florida Gators in action against the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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HEIGHT: 6'1 1/2"


HAND: 8 7/8"

ARM: 30 7/8"

WINGSPAN: 6'4 1/2"

40-YARD DASH: 4.39






— Good physicality when taking on blocks.

— Wrap tackler who gets ball-carrier to the ground.

— Patient in press, keeping leverage and cushion.

— Aggressive and physical enough to bump receivers off their line. Uses hands well and fights for position.

— Very good pad level and ability to sink hips. Shadows receivers in and out of breaks, with a burst to play the ball in the air.

— Shows the top-end speed to keep up downfield.

— Above-average ball skills to high point ball. Looks make a play on balls in the air, rather than letting it drop and playing through the receiver.

— Shows awareness and feel for position.


— Can often be too slow to disengage in the run game.

— Tends to reach in press and can be too handsy downfield.

— Average leveraging in tackling can lead to missed tackles.


10 G, 29 TOT, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU


— Suffered a knee injury against Alabama in Week 3. (Missed Weeks 4, 5, 6)


Kaiir Elam is a long, rangy corner with speed and physicality. He has scheme flexibility, with the vision to play zone and the fluidity to play man.

With his aggression in the run game, Elam isn’t afraid to get dirty. He looks to bully receivers when given the chance in run and pass coverage. Although he is a willing tackler, there are times where he can melt off of tackles.

Elam does his best work in the pass game. He's a physical cornerback who likes to get his hands on receivers and reroute them as they work downfield. For a taller cornerback, he does a very good job in sinking his hips to transition in and out of breaks. Elam does a great job of staying in phase and attacking the reception point with very good top-end and recovery speed.

Elam suffered a knee injury early in the season and was out for three weeks but fortunately came back to finish the season. Though he didn't have the dominant season he probably hoped for, he was able to show his supreme athleticism and skills needed to transition to the NFL.

GRADE: 8.5 (​​Impact Player - 1st Round)



PRO COMPARISON: Antonio Cromatrie


Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings