Jordan Elliott – Rookie defensive tackle
Jordan Elliott is another new face on the defense. Being drafted in the third round, the expectation for him is to be part of a rotation and add more explosiveness to the group. Elliott spent his time playing at Texas and then transferred to Missouri, which is where he made his mark.
In 2018, Elliott played in 10 games and amassed 24 tackles, 17 of those being solo, three sacks, eight tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. While these numbers don’t blow you away, the next year he improved his game.
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He slimmed down, worked on his technique, and added more explosiveness. 2019 saw him play in 12 games and had 44 tackles, 31 of them being solo, 2.5 sacks, and 8.5 tackles for loss. The one stat that jumps out is the sack total. It’s noticeably low for a player who is pretty explosive off the line.
Elliott is someone who shoots and controls gaps well when he gets the jump on the snap. He doesn’t have a lot of sacks to his name, but he uses his hands exceptionally well. One thing he needs to improve upon is his consistency and finish ability. This could be the answer to his low sack rate.
Regardless, Elliott needs to find his finish ability and be able to go over 100 percent on every play. Elliott can play a key piece on this defensive line come season start and may even take over starting duties the years that follow.