2020 NFL Draft Profile: Jordan Elliott

Jordan Elliott

#3 Overall Defensive Tackle by Football Addicts

Born: 

Height: 6’4 

Weight: 315 Lbs

Position: Defensive Tackle

University: Missouri

About Jordan

Jordan Elliott grew up in Missouri City, Texas and was the 6th best player in the state by 247Sports. He was a highly coveted recruit, with a little bit of a strange path to find his college home. He would verbally commit to Baylor, then Houston, then Michigan, before signing his letter of intent with the University of Texas. 

It wouldn’t end there though. Elliott got plenty of playing time early at Texas, playing in six games for the Longhorns as a freshman. His 2016 season would come to an end after Elliott suffered a torn MCL against Iowa State. Jordan recorded 8 tackles, 1.5 for a loss before the injury. 

After his promising freshman season, Jordan announced via Snapchat that he would be transferring from UT. He stated that he never felt at home while in Austin, and I imagine the firing of Charlie Strong and Brick Haley were the final straw for the young star. The former 4-star recruit considered Texas A&M, Florida, and South Carolina before committing to Missouri. Another reasoning into why he transferred was he believe the SEC was better competition, so why not push himself? 

After sitting out the 2017 season, Elliott would jump back into the college football spotlight with the Missouri Tigers, recording 24 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and three sacks. This was enough to be named 2nd Team All SEC by ProFootballFocus.com. As a redshirt junior Jordan would step it up even higher finishing with 44 total tackles, 8.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks in 2019.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

He has flashes of 1st round talent, but it is definitely inconsistent. He shows strength to drive back his blocker and has a wide range of pass rushing moves. Elliott can “get skinny” better than any defensive tackle in this class, and it allows him to slip into the backfield to disrupt the play. He uses his hands very well to help slap the blocker back into the pocket, and create pressure on the quarterback.

Weaknesses

Jordan needs to work on remaining low when firing out of his stance. Sometimes he can get away with it, but other times he gets easily controlled because his leverage is off kilter He has a bad tendency of standing up when popping out of his stance. He uses a poor spin move way too often, and would benefit greatly if he just used that snap as a bull rush or gap fill.

NFL Draft Projection/NFL Player Comp

NFL Draft Projection

As stated earlier, Elliott flashes 1st round talent when he is at his best, the problem is he doesn’t do it consistently enough for me to have him going in the 1st round. Plenty of teams Like the Packers, Ravens and Chiefs could look to select him in the mid to late second round. 

The Ravens losing early in the playoffs turns out to be a blessing in disguise in the 2nd round as they get to beat out the Packers and Chiefs to draft Jordan Elliott 60th overall. Derrick Henry left a horrible taste in Baltimore’s mouth and drafting Elliott should help ease the PTSD of him running through the defense.

NFL Player Comp

If the team that drafts Jordan can develop his dinky traits, they could find themselves a nice gem in the 2nd round. His ability to not just rush the passer, but disrupt plays from the inside reminds me of Sheldon Rankins from Louisville. Due to a few different injuries Rankins was only able to play five games this year, but recorded two sacks in that time. 

Jordan is slightly bigger than Sheldon which ultimately helps Rankins maintain his leverage. If Elliott gets the right treatment on his spin move, he will be able to set the defensive tone for an NFL defense.

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