Though he wasn’t the highest rated Missouri prospect heading into 2019, Jordan Elliott was the breakout player and became one of the highest rated interior tackles in the country, earning All-American honors from Pro Football Focus (1st team) and the Associated Press (2nd team).
With his rise as a prospect, chatter surrounding Elliott became about his early-round NFL Draft potential, possibly even the first.
Day 1 came and went without Elliott hearing his name, but with the 24 pick in the 3rd round, the Cleveland Browns selected the big guy from Missouri City, Texas.
Elliott had a breakout year in his second season playing with Missouri (redshirted in 2017). Elliott recorded 44 total tackles (almost double his 2018 total), 8.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Not the most glamorous of numbers, but the attention he took from opposing teams and the disruption he could cause every snap is what made him an enticing defensive line prospect.
As for how that will translate to the NFL, we’ll have to wait and see. Nate went a little more in depth on Elliott’s profile, but was forcing SEC lines to gameplan around him, which could bode well at the next level. Cleveland is hoping to build something special up in the AFC North, and the Browns will be hoping Elliott can be a part of that.