The journey from Missouri City, Texas has been a winding one for Jordan Elliott. Originally a Texas Longhorn, Elliott followed his defensive line coach from Austin to Columbia and became a starter for the Missouri Tigers. The journey, for now, is over. Its destination? Cleveland.
When you hear the word, “handsy”, it’s usally not a good thing. When you’re a defensive lineman, it absolutely is. Elliott is one of the best of working with his hands, which are exceptionally quick and powerful. Once engaged, he’s lightning-quick to shed blockers and disrupt plays.
Elliott does have some thing to work on, however. He needs to be more consistent with his motor, as it can cool in pursuit or if his target changes. Elliott can also lag in the run game. He also needs to be quicker off the ball to let his quick hands be at their most effective.
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What the Experts Say
Skilled hand-fighter with explosive upper body strength to stack, read and react in an odd or even front. Elliott has experience in a variety of alignments, allowing teams to move him up and down the line depending on matchups. He’s more consistent controlling gaps than shooting them and has moments when the motor cools and he doesn’t finish. He was highly respected by opposing teams and faced additional help as a pass rusher. He’ll face more one-on-one looks as a pro and could take a big jump forward as a rusher if he keeps working to add moves and counters to go with his early push. Elliott is scheme-diverse and offers high upside with the talent to become a starter in Year 1 or 2. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com