PROS: Ascending player who performed at his best during his final season. Has some impressive reps defending the run where he’s able to anchor at the point of attack and fight for his gap. Has some slippery moments shooting gaps and rushing the passer where he’s able to generate some penetration. Looks to have a strong core because he isn’t overly thick in his lowers and he doesn’t play with good leverage yet is still often able to stay in his gap. Has experience two-gapping from a variety of alignments. While he often creates the scenarios on account of his poor play speed, Elliott does well to work his hands and compete to clear his pads.
CONS: Slow burn pass rusher. Tardy out of his stance, often without a plan. Bad tendency to pop up out of his stance and get his eyes in the backfield. Does not process and read blocks with any sort of consistency. Reps are often played too close to the vest and he’s in a state of recovery with his hands to generate some extension so he can unhinge. Has to play and process quicker because it takes away so much of his physical upside otherwise. Has plenty of room to grow mentally and technically. Would not describe him as a high-urgency football player.
BEST TRAIT - Play Strength
WORST TRAIT - Processing
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Dwan Edwards
Elliott spent his freshman season at the University of Texas before transferring to Missouri. After playing in limited reps in 2017 (89 snaps), Elliott enjoyed a breakout season in 2018 before declaring for the Draft. While he’s far from a finished product, his growth is encouraging. There is mental and technical growth needed for him to make an impact in the NFL, but his deficiencies are teachable. I don’t expect much from Elliott early in his career, but he has the traits needed to find work as a two-gapping five-technique in a 3-4 front that also provides some interior pass rush ability.