Jeff Kelly is still not sure how Cordell Flute got onto the football field at Saraland High School.
During the summer of 2018, Kelly arrived daily around 6:30 a.m. to schedule his team’s 9 a.m. practice schedule. Kelly opened the gate as the sun rose in Alabama, walked to his coach’s office overlooking the stadium and calmly nodded in the direction of the big player who beat his first teammates on the field by at least 90 minutes.
“I’m always the first person on campus — I’ve been for years,” Kelly said. “The thing I will never forget is that every morning I rolled that summer Cor’Dale was outside and day was barely. No one was with him—just him and his bag of cones and his stepping ladder in all his foot drills. I don’t think he ever told me, nor did It wasn’t a deal he was doing to be seen or to prove to the coach how hard he worked.”
Flott’s “very rare competitive drive” helped him get a scholarship to LSU as a three-star recruit, played in 14 games as a true freshman for the Nationals, started for two seasons at the SEC and It became the third-round pick for the Giants In last month’s draft.
The skinny 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has the skills to play cover man under coordinator Wink Martindale, but he’s already talking to coaches about gaining 5-10 pounds to find a weight that moves at him well while increasing his predictable toughness against an NFL physical. .
“I’ve been doing this my whole life: being built like that, growing up, playing that game of football, everyone tells me I’m too young to do it,” Flute said. “I’m just focused on making an impact on the team.”
The Giants wrapped up their junior camp for juniors on Sunday, but will return to the field on Thursday, when rookies and veterans meet for the first time. In the wake of the upper corner James Bradbury released In exchange for savings of $10.1 million against a tight salary cap, Aaron Robinson is expected to go from slot to ocean — meaning the slot job is open competition within Flute’s reach.
“I’m ready. I hope to get the job,” Flute said. “For now, I’m just focused on improving and being able to adapt wherever I need to.”
Flute, 20, played the slot at LSU and named Giants second-round winner Wan’dale Robinson (Kentucky) as the toughest receiver to cover. Robinson, who touched Flute as the closest defender of the match, returned the praise.
“There were a couple of times I came to the sideline and said to my coach, ‘It’s like he knows what I’m running,’” Robinson said. “That was really the only guy I ever felt against him.”
No surprise to Kelly. During those two or three hour rehearsals in high school, Flott was quick to take a younger player aside and display pointers. If this was lost time spent on developing himself, he more than made up for it in the early morning.
“He wanted to be there when no one else was, so he can focus on what he needs to do to get better,” Kelly said. “Anyone with a chance to play a corner in the NFL has god-given abilities, but pretty much Cor’Dale acts like he’s not as talented as he is – as if he was a guy who had no choice and that was the only way he would have gotten to field. He has learned to do everything right.”
Next is figuring out the difference between sticky coverage in college and in the NFL, where officials whistle louder.
“More than mind-body, without using my hands,” Flute said. “Observing the inclinations of the recipients, and understanding what he’s going to do before the play, is what I’m going to work on. In the league, it’s different within 5 yards. The hashes are different, so it’s a different ball game in terms of boundary concepts and not too close to the sidelines. It’s a big adjustment” .
The early bird is usually infected with the worm.
It’s going to keep growing,” Kelly said. “I would be surprised if anyone at any level would be able to get in their head and take them out of their game, because it’s laser-focused on what they need to do to get better.”