Although linebacker and safety were bigger needs for the Browns on the defensive side of the ball, Cleveland still needed to add depth to their defensive front. With Jordan Elliott, they are getting a scheme diverse player who has the explosive power to be a disrupter up the middle.
Elliott was productive during his time with Missouri, including a third of his total tackles in 2018 (24) being tackles for loss (eight). He has all of the athletic tools to be a solid interior defensive lineman, but will need to clean up his technique in the NFL.
Since the Browns were the third-worst run defense in the league last season, adding interior defensive linemen was a necessity. With the signing of Andrew Billings in the offseason and the selection of Elliott, the Browns are clearly trying to improve that aspect of their defense.
With his athletic tools, including his explosiveness and strength, Elliott has the potential of being a productive defensive tackle for the Browns. If he can clean up some of his technique, he will give himself more opportunities to take advantage of his athleticism.
Elliott has the potential of becoming a starter as Cleveland’s three-technique. The Browns are once again betting on his athleticism, but he has already developed tools that can help him become productive as a rookie. The Browns being able to trade down in the third round and still land Elliott was great value for Cleveland and a great pick by Berry and company.