NFL Draft Q&A: Miami cornerback Corn Elder
Our daily NFL Draft Q&A continues with Miami cornerback Corn Elder, who faces size concerns entering the draft but made plays all over the field with the Hurricanes, including return touchdowns on a punt and kickoff return in 2015. He took a few minutes to talk about preparing for the draft and Miami's pro day in late March. ...
Q: Where are you training to get ready for combine and your pro day?
A: "I'm training down here in Miami at Core Fitness, in Wynwood. (Miami safety) Jamal Carter, (Miami WR) Stacy Coley, (Miami TE) David Njoku, (Miami TE) Stan Dobard, (Louisville RB) Brandon Radcliff are here.
Q: Is there one number you're trying to improve for pro day?
A: "I've just been trying to work on my strength, gaining some weight and definitely working on my speed. I'm around 183. I finished the season around 180. I'm just trying to get to 185 or anything over that."
Q: What did the Senior Bowl do for you, getting to put yourself out there against other draft hopefuls?
A: "It was definitely a good experience. You get to play against the best players in the draft. Just to see where I'm at, see what I need to work on more, to get to take coaching from some NFL coaches."
Q: Are there NFL teams that you have had the most contact with so far?
A: "I talked to pretty much every team about the same. I got to do interviews with a lot of teams."
Q: Who is the toughest player you went up against in college?
A: "Probably Jameis Winston. He was definitely a special player, a game-changer. He definitely made a difference. He's a great leader, made everybody on his team better. Very confident on the field, played with a lot of swag."
Q: How was it for you this past season playing for Mark Richt as a head coach?
A: "It was fun. Definitely a different culture from the past few seasons, but I definitely enjoyed it. I got to know Coach Richt very well. He's a great man, on and off the field and it was a good experience for me."
Q: Is there an NFL player you'd pattern yourself after, in terms of body type or skill set?
A: "Tyrone Mathieu. Once you prove yourself, you kind of throw (size concerns) out the window. The film don't lie, as they say. No matter your size, if you're producing, it shouldn't matter."
Q: You went to high school in Nashville. How did Miami win you over?
A: "Miami was my favorite school growing up. When I was younger, I used to watch them. They were a great program, winners a lot. They were my favorite school and I didn't want to miss that opportunity to come down here and play."
Q: What is the key to getting Miami back to that high level of national success?
A: "I think they're on the right track now. We finished the season off good this year. Coach Richt is doing a great job recruiting, and we have great players there now, so just keep going, build on what we started last year and keep going from there."
Q: How close are you to graduation?
A: "I graduate in May, in liberal arts. I want to do something involving kids, start up a summer program for kids, something like that."
Q: We ask everybody for food recommendations. What's your favorite place in Coral Gables, around campus?
A: "I like to go to Texas de Brazil. That's one of my favorite restaurants, any time I have a chance to go out. In Nashville, Toot's. It's a wing place."
Check out our other NFL Draft Q&As: Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd, West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas, Florida tackle David Sharpe, Mississippi State WR/RB Brandon Holloway, Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick, Oklahoma State tackle Victor Salako, N.C. State center Joe Scelfo, Army linebacker Andrew King, Louisana Tech receiver Trent Taylor, Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara, USC defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu and Saint Francis safety Lorenzo Jerome.