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Coming out of The Benjamin School (Florida) in the class of 2019, defensive back Kaiir Elam was universally viewed as a bluechip prospect.

While evaluators stopped short of listing him as a future Day 1 pick, he was widely believed to be a future Day 2 pick.

Elam has outperformed those expectations. 

He was selected No. 23 overall by the Buffalo Bills. 

Here's how Elam was rated as a high school prospect:


Ranking: 4-star prospect; Nation's No. 74 overall prospect, No. 10 cornerback, No. 9 player in Florida 

Notable: The Under Armour All-American Game selection was listed as a future Day 2 NFL draft pick and compared to Jalen Mills.


Ranking: 4-star prospect; Nation's No. 63 overall prospect, No. 9 cornerback, No. 10 player in Florida 

Notable: Rivals viewed 247Sports quite similarly to 247Sports, projecting Elam as a future NFL Draft pick, but stopping short of a rating that would make him a slam-dunk future Day 1 pick.


Ranking: 4-star prospect; Nation's No. 59 overall prospect, No. 4 athlete, No. 7 player in Florida

Notable: ESPN listed Elam as an "athlete," and not a cornerback.

But the site believed he had a bright future regardless, making him a top-60 prospect nationally. 

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