Weight: 315 lbs.
Jordan Elliott is a late-rising force in the middle with the ideal strength, length and size and impressive flashes of playmaking ability that makes him an intriguing prospect in the middle rounds. He’s a competitor who’s shown the ability to shed blockers and explode through gaps to shut down ball carriers. Elliott racked up 31 solo tackles in 12 games after posting just 32 total tackles heading into his senior year, but the best may be ahead for the Mizzou product.
Click here to see all Hogs Haven 2020 Draft Profiles
One clear knock on Elliott is his relative lack of consistent sample size, as he’s played in just 26 college games after transferring from Texas and sitting out the 2017 season. Additionally, his lack of play speed and burst off the ball make it necessary for him to process quicker at the next level, though he’s shown the ability to anticipate and blow up plays in college.
Why he may fit with Washington:
Under new head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, finishing with the second-worst rushing defense in the league will no longer be acceptable. Granted, much of the issue doesn’t stem from the defensive line, as improved linebacker play is a need that will likely be addressed both in free agency and the draft. However, adding a player with Elliott’s upside could solidify the interior defensive line immediately and be a building block for years to come.
Jordan Elliott is well worth a look from Washington early on Day Three of the NFL Draft due to his prototypical frame and strength, though there will likely be safer options on the board with more refined games and experience.
Projected Round: 4th