DeShon Elliott Draft Profile

DeShon Elliott draft profile

Strengths:

  • Well-built with NFL-caliber frame and good overall arm length
  • High football IQ
  • Plays with downhill mindset
  • Quarterbacked the Texas defense
  • Often used as an additional linebacker
  • Embraces physicality of the position
  • Won’t pass up a chance to make a statement with a big hit
  • Had six interceptions this year and nine total over just 26 games
  • Forced three fumbles in 2017
  • Had 8.5 tackles for loss in 2017

Analysis: In his first and only year as a starter, all DeShon Elliott did was earn unanimous first-team All-American and All-Big 12 honors, as well as being named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award that is presented to the nation’s top defensive back. He tied for fourth nationally with six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. The 12-game starter also totaled 63 tackles, 8.5 for loss, nine pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. Elliott has good size and is a physical defender who will need to play near the line of scrimmage to take advantage of his aggressiveness and minimize his athletic limitations. He was used as a linebacker in passing situations at Texas and will likely be used in that type of role in the pros. He loves contact and wants to punish the ball carrier. Football IQ is off the charts–made defensive calls for the secondary, lining up his teammates where they should be on the field. Insanely productive his only year as a starter.

Weaknesses:

  • Tight-hipped and noticeably segmented in his movements in space
  • Lack of a knee bend throughout
  • Change of direction is labored with feet barely leaving the ground with his lateral movements
  • Interceptions fell right into his lap this year
  • Overall body adjustments to challenge the throw are below average
  • Will struggle to pace with route breaks in man coverage

Analysis: DeShon Elliott came out guns blazing in 2017, producing at an unbelievable rate. Some of that had to do with luck, being in the right place at the right time and was gifted a couple of interceptions. He is only an average athlete and is noticeably tight-hipped in his movements. Lateral agility does not come naturally. When asked to man cover, he can struggle to stay with even the most average athletic receivers. Better in zone coverage. He may have to be strictly used on special teams his first couple of years in the league.

Size: 6’1 210lbs

What the scouts say: “He’s physical and can make plays in front of him but he’s going to have problems if he gets isolated in coverage. He’ll probably make a team because he’s big and physical and plays on special teams but I was surprised he came out.” – NFC regional scout

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Keanu Neal–but less fluid

Draft Projection: Round 4

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