The Washington Huskies continue to pump out NFL level talent in the secondary year after year and Elijah Molden is going to be the next player off the production line in 2021. He's fearless and highly competitive player at 5'10" and 195 lbs. with a muscular build and good athletic ability. He manned Washington's nickel corner position in their complicated Hybrid defense and absolutely destroyed. He's a violent, vicious, and scrappy cornerback that plays football the way every coach wants their players on defense to play. He's got excellent ball skills in the slot and will make slot receivers work for every catch that comes into his area. Well rounded zone coverage skills with excellent instincts and great burst on the ball when he locks on. He fights, scratches, and claws for the football when he gets the opportunity whether its at the catching point, in the air, or even the ball carrier has it. He's a malicious tackler that can lay the wood if he has a clean shot and is rarely shaken off of tackles when he latches on. Very good football IQ which is why he was so productive. Motor always runs hot and effort is evident. Very aggressive in press coverage with good pop in his punch and does a good job of riding player out and widening routes. Sticky in man coverage with good agility and footwork to match-up with players. He goes after the strip fumble more than most players in this draft and the results arrived in 2019. Not the greatest athlete for a cornerback which is why he's relegated to the slot position most of the time. He's limited by his size so I wouldn't trust him to cover consistently on the outside or cover tight ends in the slot. He has trouble with the shiftier receivers in college football at times and if he can't win with his aggression, he doesn't appear to have a back up plan. He's a beneficiary of being on a good defense with lots of talent around him which can make up for his short comings involving his athletic ability. Not a lot of explosion in his legs and is certainly going to struggle with jump ball situations. I love defenders that play like cornered raccoons because no matter how tall the task is, they will always show up and bring their all. He's a high effort player with a rare mean streak at the position and if he has another season like he did in 2019, he'll get drafted much earlier than some might anticipate. He's a quality player in the right scheme and with the right coach and is sure to earn the eye of more than a few defensive coordinators.