Draft Grade: Cleveland Browns strike gold again with Jordan Elliott selection

The Cleveland Browns moved down in the third round and ended up landing a player who provides much-needed defensive line depth in Missouri’s Jordan Elliott

For the second time on Friday night, Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry traded down in the NFL Draft and still landed a solid pick. In the second round, they went from pick 41 to 44 and added Grant Delpit while also picking up an extra fifth-round pick.

Then in the third, they decided to again add more draft picks as they made a deal with the New Orleans Saints. In exchange for the 74th overall pick, Cleveland ended up with the 88th overall pick as well as the Saints third-rounder in 2021.

Cleveland then used the 88th pick on Missouri’s Jordan Elliott, a player who helps fill a need.

Last season, the Browns were let down by their lack of depth along the defensive line and this season, that won’t happen after adding Adrian Clayborn, Andrew Billings, and now Jordan Elliott.

B+
Jordan Elliott
Round 3 Pick 88

As for the player they got in Elliott, he’s a high-intensity player that goes hard until the whistle every single time. That kind of effort can be contagious.

He’s also built like he was put together in a lab to play the three-technique. He’s a chiseled 6-foot-4 and 302-pounds and knows how to use his size and incredible power to get into the backfield and disrupt the offensive game plan.

The numbers don’t pop out at you with Elliott, as he recorded 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2019 which was his most productive season. Still, there’s a lot to work with and he’s not a player who they will have to rely on as an every-down player.

Even more impressive is the fact that they added another third-round pick in the process, which makes this well worth the fact that they had to wait 14 picks longer than expected.

Next: Grading the Browns selection of Grant Delpit

So far, Andrew Berry seems to be making all the right calls for the Browns as they have yet to make a bad move in this draft.