Name: Jordan Elliott
Height: 6’ 3 7/8″
Year: RS Junior
2019 Stats: 44 tackles (31 solo), 8.5 TFL (led team), 2.5 sacks, 3 PD
Career Stats: 26 games, 76 tackles (52 solo), 18 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 4 PD
Jordan Elliott initially committed to and began his college career at Texas, but followed his defensive line coach from Austin to Columbia, Missouri after his freshman season. Elliott became a dominant force, showing flashes with limited playing time as a redshirt sophomore in 2018. His production stayed steady through the 2019 season and Elliott enters the draft as one of the more intriguing prospects on the defensive line.
Elliott brings impressive hand technique to the table, as he frequently kept blockers off his chest and was able to move laterally down the line, keeping himself clean and disrupting blocking schemes. His lateral movement is also very impressive, not only for his foot speed, but for his ability to keep his pad level low given his loose hips.
Elliott isn’t just a quick foot speed guy though; he shows a very strong upper body and core as he was able to consistently move guys in 1-on-1 situations and maintain gaps. He shows a variety of pass rush counters including a swim move against smaller IOL and a nice rip against some of the bigger guys he saw.
He brings prototypical size to the table, as he looks the part of a versatile 3T and 5T IDL that carries lean muscle well.
Best Trait: Hand technique
While I don’t think strength is an issue, he did struggle against double teams and it seemed to be a “willingness” issue. When a double team came, Elliott defaulted to sitting back and absorbing rather than dropping his anchor and fighting out of it. He has impressive lateral speed, but didn’t show a ton of explosiveness out of his stance. Appears to be a better fit as a 2-gapping 5T where he can read and react while keeping blockers off of him, rather than attacking gaps.
Production wasn’t there for his pass rushing as he only amassed 5.5 sacks in his two seasons as a full time starter. A lot of that was due to facing double teams inside – his lack of explosiveness gave too much time for the double team to set up, making it difficult for Elliott to make a play on the QB.
Worst Trait: Explosiveness off the snap
There is definitely a fit with Elliott given his diverse scheme fit. He could play 5T in the base formation and slide inside to the B-gap as a pass rusher. A lot of his production issues came from facing double teams from pass protection. You would be bank on him not seeing as much attention in the NFL.
However, he brings size, athleticism, strength and solid technique combined with Wink Martindale’s ability to move guys around and create favorable looks, it could be a very intriguing combination.
Derek Wolfe (DEN ‘12 – present)
Elliott brings a lot to the table and has a lot of upside given his size, strength and athleticism. However, his lack of production brings quite a bit of concern and knocks him down into the third round in my book.