The Cleveland Browns selected Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott with the 88th pick in the third round.
The Browns originally had the 74th pick but traded the pick along with the 244th pick to the New Orleans Saints for the 88th pick and a 2021 third-round pick.
Elliott was the team captain for the Tigers in 2019, his first season as the full-time starter at the position. Leading the team with 10 tackles for a loss and also recorded three sacks.
He’s lined up as both a one-tech and a three-tech on the defensive line and PFF has him as the top interior defensive lineman over the last two seasons combined, even above first-round picks Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw.
There’s concerns about his maturity and also staying committed to his conditioning.
HOW ELLIOTT FITS INTO THE DEFENSIVE LINE ROOM
The future of the defensive tackle position was definitely in the air heading into the draft. Sheldon Richardson’s contract has an opt-out following this season and both Larry Ogunjobi and Andrew Billings will be free agents following this season.
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods knows how valuable the defensive line coming from the San Francisco 49ers and how much the pass rush was key to the 49ers success.
Bringing Elliott in the defensive line room will give the Browns another pass rusher at their disposal.
Getting Jordan at 88 was a steal for the Browns because some had Elliott as a late first-round pick. Of course, that was in the analytics side of football scouting but you know that helped his case in the Browns draft room.
If he comes in and can stay motivated, the Browns defensive line just got better and he should be a rotational contributor in 2020.