Elias Ricks

Position
Cornerback
Height
6'2
Weight
192 lbs
Dr. SEC Recruiting Ranking
5-Star
247 Composite Ranking
5-Star
High School
Mater Dei (CA)
Current Team
LSU Tigers

Scouting Report: (6/21/2019) Elias Ricks is a tall, lengthy corner with prototypical size with fluid hips. He is well-built with very good height and length with the ability to match up with the bigger college receivers. He has great speed and range on the perimeter as well. He has the long speed range of an elite safety with the quick movement skills of a smaller cover corner.

Elias is ahead of the curve and is well versed in man, off-man and zone coverages. In zone coverage, he reads the quarterback well, leveling off and baiting them into errant throws. He breaks extremely well and shows natural awareness to find the ball in the air. Elias has great body control and athleticism to put himself in position to make plays on the ball. He also displays a crisp pedal with the ability to flip his hips and transitions smoothly.

He brings excellent range and smooth transitional skills in and out of his pedal for a taller corner and it is hard to create separation on him with his combination of length, closing quickness and speed. Really sharp out of his breaks jumping routes in a zone. He has developed a great second gear to close and might have the best set of high-point skills in this class.

Against the run, he is more than willing to step up and support the run and has some physicality to his game. He is an above average tackler who breaks down and uses his length to wrap up.

Elias finished 2018 with nine interceptions and returned four of them for touchdowns. He has the potential to become a first-round draft pick and his ceiling is as high as any CB I have broke down film of in the last 10 years.

 

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