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The Miami Hurricanes had seven players drafted last May, with five getting their name called in the first three rounds.

Naturally, many questioned where the next wave of playmakers would come from (after quarterback Brad Kaaya) during a hot-seat season for Al Golden.

In steps Corn Elder, Miami’s starter at nickel corner to begin the season, and now Pro Football Focus’ top ranked corner in the country through Week 3. Although the cornerback grades fluctuate from week to week, he’s coming off a stellar performance against Nebraska, which included hauling in an overtime interception that would lead to a Canes’ victory.

He headlined PFF’s Dream Team heading into Week 4 after his one-interception, two knockdown game. He’s been excellent in coverage this season, allowing only three catches for 19 yards on nine attempts.

Corn also has one punt return for a touchdown (another that was called back), a sack, and a recovered fumble. He’ll figure to have plenty of playmaking opportunities next Thursday night when Miami takes on a dynamic Cincinnati offense averaging 413 passing yards a game (2nd in FBS).

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