Kaiir Elam is a cornerback from Riviera Beach, Florida and attended The Benjamin School, where he excelled in various sports such as basketball, football, and track.
Elam has amassed 79 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 26 passes defended in his collegiate career. He has been named to the All-SEC First Team (2020), AP All-SEC Second Team (2020), Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist (2020), All-SEC Freshman Team (2019), and SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2019-20) during his tenure at UF.
Kaiir played both defensive back and wide receiver while at The Benjamin School, leading Benjamin to the 2018 FHSAA Class 3A Regional Finals and 2017 FHSAA Class 3A Regional Semifinals. At The Benjamin School, Kaiir recorded nine interceptions (returning them for 123 yards), 71 tackles and three sacks; totaling 97 catches for 1,490 yards and 15 touchdowns over four years on varsity. Elam also played basketball and ran track for Benjamin, averaging 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game last basketball season; he finished eighth in the 100 meters at the 2018 FHSAA Class 1A State Finals. Kaiir was rated the number 4 overall athlete by ESPN and committed to play college football at Florida over offers from Colorado, Georgia and Miami.
The Buffalo Bills drafted Elam with the 23rd pick in the draft, trading up from 25th overall with the Baltimore Ravens to make the selection. Elam marks the fourth straight defensive player the Bills have selected with a first round pick, following Gregory Rousseau in 2021.