With the 88th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected DT Jordan Elliott (6-4, 302 lbs, Missouri). Elliott was the team’s first of two third round picks; they will pick again at No. 97 overall. The Browns originally had the 74th pick, but traded down to No. 88 with the Saints in order to add a 3rd round pick in 2021.
Here is a scouting report from CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, who projected Elliott to be a 2nd- or 3rd-round pick and had him as the sixth-best defensive lineman on his board.
A one-year starter at Missouri, Elliott lined up at the one- and three-technique positions in defensive coordinator Ryan Walter’s versatile four-man front. After a non-descript freshman year at Texas and a solid backup season as a sophomore, he reworked his body and focus leading into the 2019 season and consistently graded above average on each tape.
Physically impressive on the hoof, Elliott peppers blockers with his long, aggressive frame to earn an early advantage, locking out, finding the ball carrier and disposing of his man. While he can bend, inconsistent pad level was a common theme on his film that negated his flexibility. Overall, Elliott is strong and slippery with effort in pursuit and budding awareness, displaying all the tools to be a high-ceiling, scheme-versatile NFL starter – if the character checks out.
Here is what Pro Football Focus said about Elliott:
With the 88th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select...— PFF (@PFF) April 25, 2020
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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.
What do you think, Browns fans?
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