Updated (Thursday, April 28, 10:42 p.m. ET): The Buffalo Bills traded up with the Baltimore Ravens to snag Kair Elam at No. 23. Elam should be an instant starter alongside Tre'Davious White, who is recovering from injury, and he should be an upgrade over Levi Wallace, who walked in free agency. Cornerback was an obvious area for Buffalo to target, and they got one of the best CBs in this class.
Kaiir Elam is a Round 2 NFL Draft prospect who faced elite wide receivers playing in the SEC. He suffered a knee injury during the 2021 season and missed three games, but his speed and solid showing at the NFL combine has his stock rising ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.
If you're looking to familiarize yourself with the 20-year-old Kaiir Elam, here's everything you need to know about the young cornerback out of Florida.
Kaiir Elam Mock Draft 2022
ESPN's predictions are from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay's latest mock draft. CBS Sports' predictions are from Ryan Wilson's latest mock draft. Sporting News' projections are from Vinnie Iyer's latest mock draft.
ESPN: Chicago Bears (No. 48)
CBS Sports: Houston Texans (No. 37)
Sporting News: Houston Texans (No. 37)
Kaiir Elam Draft Stock & Draft Projection
- Houston Texans (No. 37) - 2
- Chicago Bears (N. 47) - 1
Two teams with enormous need at cornerback are projected to strongly consider or draft Elam. He won't be one of the first 3-4 cornerback's drafted, but Elam is a Day 1 press corner at the NFL level who could contribute immediately.
Kaiir Elam NFL Draft Odds
NFL Draft odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have Elam at +150 odds to be drafted in the first round (top 32 pick). None of the mock drafts highlighted have Elam going in the first round.
Kaiir Elam Stats
2021: Florida Gators
- 29 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 5 pass breakups, 1 interception in 10 games played
2020: Florida Gators
- 39 tackles, 11 pass breakups, 2 interceptions in 12 games played
2019: Florida Gators
- 11 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 3 interceptions in 13 games (5 starts)
Elam's father Abram played in the NFL for seven years, and his uncle Matt was a first round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Kaiir made five starts for Florida as a true freshman and had three interceptions. Then in 2020 he led the Gators with 11 pass breakups and earned first-team All-SEC honors from league coaches. Elam did not live up to his projections in 2021, but he missed three games with a knee injury.
Kaiir Elam Height, Weight & 40-Yard Dash
All height, weight and workout information is from NFL.com.
- Height: 6'1 1/2"
- Weight: 190 lbs
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.39