Elijah Molden NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparison

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By Tyler Lawrence April 1, 2021 0 Comment
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Elijah Molden is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Elijah Molden is a cornerback for the Washington Huskies and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Molden is a three-year starter for the Huskies, opting to return for his senior season instead of declaring for the NFL Draft last year.

During the shortened 2020 season, Molden played in only four games, where he had 26 total tackles, one interception, and a single pass deflection. In 2019, he had 79 total tackles, four interceptions, and 12 total pass deflections. His 2019 season was really what made him shine. According to Pro Football Focus for 2019, which is a better reference considering he only played four games last season, Molden earned a 90.8 defensive grade, which was third-highest among all cornerback prospects and a 90.9 coverage grade which ranked fourth.

Molden is the son of former NFL defensive back Alex Molden, which shows his strong NFL bloodlines. He was a dynamic threat coming out of high school as a running back and cornerback. He earned All-State honors at both positions and highly recruited as the number two Oregon recruit and ranked at least 27th as a cornerback by ESPN, Scout, 247Sports, and Rivals.

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As a four-star recruit, Molden chose Washington over fellow PAC-12 schools such as Oregon, Stanford, USC, and even Notre Dame offered him a scholarship. He opted for Washington to make a name from himself and go a different path than his father, who is part of the University of Oregon Hall of Fame. He didn’t disappoint!

Molden received significant playing time as a true freshman, but his real impact started in his second season. He won the Washington Huskies Special Teams Player of the Year and started in the PAC-12 Championship in 2018. If his impact started as a sophomore, the spotlight really shined as a junior where he was First-Team PAC-12 and made the PFF All-American Second-Team. He was draft-eligible and could have been drafted high after a spectacular season. But he chose to finish his degree. COVID-19 shortened the PAC-12 season and was still a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, also known as the Academic Heisman.

Molden is considered a day-two prospect, but his size limitations may see him drop further than expected. He projects best as a true slot corner or could transition to safety at the next level. Molden is a very cerebral player who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His tape is solid, and he can be a true commander of the defense with exceptional leadership capabilities.

Scouting Capsule

Elijah Molden NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Tyler Lawrence, Kyle Fahey, Daniel Kitchen, and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements & Pro Day

At Washington, Molden was listed at 5’10” and 190 pounds. At Washington’s Pro Day, Molden was measured at 5 feet and 9 1/2 inches (5094) and 192 pounds. He had 9 1/2″ hands, 29 1/2″ arms, and a 72 1/2″ wingspan. Molden ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and lept 36 1/2 inches in the vertical jump and 10 feet and 5 inches (125″) in the broad jump.

Highlights


Strengths

  • Very cerebral player who can command the defense with outstanding leadership capabilities
  • Excellent coverage skills in the flats and hooks. Rarely out of position and stays tight in coverage
  • Baits throws to the check down option, and easily cleans up the tackle for minimum gains.
  • Willing tackler with great angles of pursuit and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line.
  • Has a knack for just making game-changing plays and causing turnovers
  • Plays bigger than his size and faster than his pro day numbers suggest
  • Extremely tough and competitive. Won’t back down from anyone.

Weaknesses

  • Size limitations will lead to getting rag-dolled when trying to get off blocks.
  • Lacks the physical tools to stop ball carriers in short-yardage situations
  • Doesn’t possess the long speed or height to be a boundary corner
  • Will get outmuscled on contested catches, especially with bigger receivers
  • Likely won’t press much and might be limited to playing more zone than man coverages

NFL Comparison (Either as a Free Saftey or a Slot Corner)

FS – Budda Baker – Arizona Cardinals 2017 – present

CB Desmond King – Los Angeles Chargers 2017 – 2020 | Tennessee Titans 2020 | Houston Texans 2020 – present

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