I knew multiple NFL teams that had sufficient concerns about Jeff Gladney to have him graded for Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Those were proven true when Minnesota cut him after one year. Mike Hughes was a disappointment as well before being traded away. Aging veteran Patrick Peterson was signed, but the Vikings obviously need some long-term cornerbacks after blowing picks on Gladney and Hughes.
In 2021, Elam has six tackles and an interception. He played well in 2020, recording 39 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes broken up. The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder was fantastic as a freshman, flashing serious ball skills even though he had a part-time role.
Elam has good height and length with quickness. He could stand to fill out his frame, but considering he is only a true junior, he the time to do it. With his skill set and upside, he could explode.
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