Weight: 210 lbs.
Jalen Elliott is a physical, explosive safety with the quickness to make plays in the back end. His vision and anticipation help him succeed in zone coverage, and he’s played nearly role in pass coverage in his four years at Notre Dame. Elliott has the football IQ to know where he needs to be and the speed to get there.
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Despite his skills as a safety, Elliott could stand to improve his strength in fighting through blocks. He’s prone to fall behind in man coverage and bite on fakes, which is typical for many young players in the secondary. Also, his lack of elite range in zone coverage should keep him out of the first few rounds.
Why he may fit with Washington:
The Redskins were mediocre in pass defense in 2019 with 238.9 passing yards allowed per game. New head coach Ron Rivera’s team is picking at No. 2 overall for a reason after a 3-13 year, as there are plenty of holes on the roster. However, in the later rounds, Elliott could be an early contributor for the Redskins and part of a new culture in Washington under Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
Jalen Elliott has an intriguing skill set as a safety, and his vision, anticipation and quickness should translate to the next level and allow him to carve out a role for himself, potentially on the Redskins’ roster.
Projected Round: 5th