Draft Night number 2 was a good one for Missouri defensive lineman Jordan Elliot. He was drafted 88th overall by the Cleveland Browns, here’s the instant reaction from the broadcast:
Here’s the moment from the Elliott living room:
A moment he’ll never forget pic.twitter.com/OrXeRt3Ur1— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) April 25, 2020
- Cleveland.com: Browns select DT Jordan Elliott 88th overall
- The Athletic: What Missouri DT Jordan Elliott will bring to the Cleveland Browns
No. 88: Browns select DT Jordan Elliott, Missouri
As a recruit, Jordan Elliott committed to Baylor, Houston, and Michigan before deciding to sign with Texas. He played there for a year and then transferred to Missouri. He never quite put it all together, but maybe Cleveland is the home he’s been trying to get back to all along.
Never quite put it together? I watched a lot of Mizzou football and this past season Elliot was borderline unblock able for much of the season. I get the joke of the ET grade, and I appreciate it, but this reaction more like a repetition of the broadcast than any real analysis.
BleacherReport: Jordan Elliot to the Browns, Scouting Report
A natural athlete who stood out even against SEC offensive linemen with his quickness, Elliott has a high ceiling but comes into the league with a lower floor than other top prospects. Getting him into position to dominate with quickness in gaps will aid in his NFL success early on.
How He Fits the Browns
The Browns have some solid players at defensive tackle with Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson, but had no depth at the position last year. They signed Andrew Billings, and now Jordan Elliott adds to that depth. One key factor to remember is that Ogunjobi, Richardson, and Billings are all in the final year of their deal.
Brownswire.USAToday: Instant Analysis of what the Browns are getting
Cleveland third-round pick, Elliott has a perfect opportunity to contribute as a rotational defensive lineman next season while also learning from an experienced group. By the time 2021 hits, there is a very good chance Elliott is the Browns’ No. 1 guy on the defensive interior.
That track is very familiar to Elliott.
After beginning his career at Texas, Elliott transferred to Missouri in 2017. He sat out a season and earned defensive scout team player of the year. He then played in 13 games the following season as a rotational piece, registering eight tackles for loss and three sacks. That earned him the starting role in 2019.
Chris Trapasso gives the pick an ‘A-’: “Very active, heavy hands. Plays a bit high and is a good, not great athlete. Love the technical side of his game. Browns need to get more upfield penetration from the interior of their defensive line and got that type of player with Elliott.”
Elliott provides more defensive line depth for the Browns to shore up the interior with Larry Ogunjobi entering his contract year. Elliott has the upside of a disruptive defensive tackle, with the active feet and hands to win at the point of attack. — Matt Bowen
Jordan Elliott: The only Power-5 interior defender with 90.0+ run-defense AND pass-rush grades pic.twitter.com/xX4AqL88xj— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 25, 2020
Oh and in case you didn’t notice a familiar name above:
Yep, Big Shel is a projected starter on the interior line in Cleveland. Two of the best interior defensive lineman I’ve watched at Missouri, playing together in the “Forest City” (really that’s the city nickname?) on the banks of beautiful Lake Erie.
Hopefully day three will see more Missouri picks as Albert Okwuegbunam, Trevour Wallace-Simms, Trystan Colon-Castillo, Kelly Bryant, Cale Garrett, and Yasir Durant are all still looking for homes.