Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Tennessee, South Carolina, Ole Miss
Report By: Peter Vandeventer
Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 7.20
Playing Speed: 7.10
Lining up flush with Guards or with a bit of an outside shade, Elliott brings quickness and fluid hips very fluid hips which allow him to move well from the interior. He also brings good flexibility for someone north of 300. Elliott flashes both quickness and speed with plays outside the tackles. Chase down tackles and pursuit is a commonality in Elliott's film. Turning corners and keeping upright while playing through contact.
PASS RUSH ABILITY: 6.82
Initial Quickness: 6.50
Use of Hands: 7.10
Pass Rush Moves: 6.80
Finish Ability: 7.00
He isn't as quick out of his stance as what his athleticism says he should, he still shows great burst with his initial steps--, especially on inside moves. Despite not having overly strong hands, he still has good placement and limits sloppy play with his hands. He hand fights which allow him to disengage from blocks attempts and make penetration in the backfield. He utilizes a pass rush repertoire that consists of a swim move, a bit of a hump move, and a rip.
Elliott shows flashes with his motor but it just isn't consistent. Late in drives and in parts of the 3rd/4th quarter, he is just a tick slower and doesn’t show the same motor. But when he brings it, you see plays being made, even from the backside of the defense. There is also a difference between his approach against the run and with the pass. Production-wise, he was able to collect 8.5 sacks the past 2 seasons from his DT spot.
AGAINST THE RUN: 6.27
Play with Leverage: 6.00
Stack and Shed: 6.00
Gap Shooting Ability: 7.60
Run at Him: 5.50
Run Away: 6.70
Due to his slow start out of his stance, offensive lineman usually has a quicker start on his which makes it difficult for him to control the leverage. Despite being 302 (played the season at 310+), he never played as an anchor and did not sink into his lower half. He makes up for this with his quick twitch that allows him to split blocks and penetrate the backfield. Elliott makes plays in the backfield but also sees more than his fair share of double teams. He falters here as he doesn't have the tools to maintain leverage when he doesn't have strong initial penetration. With runs away from him, he can penetrate the backfield a lot more easily with outside zones where lineman are moving more laterally and not vertically. Elliott does have a tendency to try and make plays off balance. He doesn't break down which leads to tackle attempts off his base which leads to missed tackles despite having an arm or two on the ball carrier.
Showing very good instincts, Elliott shoots gaps and attacks pulling guards with very little hesitation. He has occasional issues with overpressuring and not reading the ball carrier but as his season progressed, he showed more mindfulness in these regards. As a leader for the defensive front, you can see players feed off of his energy.
As an interior pass rusher, he shows quick burst and a first step which is coupled with very good hand usage to get after the QB. He can stretch plays well and moves along the LOS with purpose. At Missouri, he lived in the backfield where he showed his quickness and ability to shoot gaps while attacking at all times.
Despite Elliott's ability to be aggressive, he has issues in situations where he can't produce separation. When getting out of his stance, there's a bit of disconnect between him engaging his hips and popping with his hands. Needs to work on breaking down and making sound tackles, instead of arm tackles that are often broken. Doesn't work as an anchor defender without the ability to disengage from blocks from an upright position. Issues with manufacturing leverage when his speed is neutralized early on in plays.
Elliott is day 2 prospect, with the possibility to go early in the 4th. Despite having very good quickness and hands, there are questions surrounding his ability as a consistent run defender. He should start off as a key rotational player in passing situations as he develops his anchoring ability to be more consistent and reliable in this form of his game. Should line up outside the guards in the NFL to limit double teams and create more space for him to make plays.