Draft Option Three: Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri
This is an interesting name for the Lions to consider sometime on day two of the NFL draft. Elliott was not the best known interior defender going into the season, but he really made the 2019 season count by playing the best football of his career.
Despite receiving little hype as a top-five interior defender in the draft, Elliott has that kind of potential in him.
As proof of this claim, by Pro Football Focu’s calculations, Elliott was the highest-graded interior defensive lineman in not only the SEC but in the entire FBS level. He did this by earning an elite 91.1 grade in both rushing and passing defense.
Michael Renner of PFF wrote that Elliott has the measurements coveted at the position and that he …
"“. .. made his presence felt from pretty much every alignment you could think of this past season and is versatile enough for any sort of front you want to play.”"
If Elliott keeps flying under most radars then the Lions could very well end up taking him in the third or fourth round of the NFL draft. That kind of value is what general manager Bob Quinn enjoys getting during that portion of the draft. With his all-around good defense, Elliott could eventually work his way into the starting rotation by the end of his rookie season.