Kaiir Elam has played football almost exclusively in Florida, but that’s about to change.
On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills traded from number 25 to 23, for the Dallas Cowboys at 24, and selected him in the 2022 NFL drawing in Las Vegas. The cornerback joins the Bills after spending three years at the University of Florida, where the 6-foot-1 1/2 and 191-pound player made six interceptions, 79 total tackles, 26 defensive passes and one fumble to recovery in 35 appearances.
The Bills sent the 25th and 130th selections to the Baltimore Ravens to make the roster.
“I think it was just a sigh of relief because honestly, I aspire to be the best,” Elam said. “Tonight I was not the first defensive player to be selected, but I think it will add fuel to the fire and I think it will bring a new advantage to my game.”
Before signing up for the Gators, Elam attended Benjamin in Palm Beach County. He played four seasons with the Buccaneers, racking up 71 tackles and nine interceptions, in addition to 15 receiving touchdowns and one rushing score. Elam was named the Palm Beach 5A-1A Football Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2018.
Elam follows in the footsteps of his father Abram and Uncle Matt by playing in the NFL. Abram played in the league for seven years, while Matt played four. The two family members lined up like Kaiir and played as security.
The young defensive back ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in March.
Elam, a four-star recruit according to the 247Sports ranking, now heads to rival the Dolphins who went 11-6 in 2021.
“I was just so thankful because once I got to Buffalo and did my visit, I just felt something special,” said Kaiir Elam when he was called up. “I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know what it could be, but I just felt something special. I felt like it was an environment where I could go in and try to compete and learn as much as possible and have an immediate impact. †