Deshon Elliott

Texas
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Prospect Info

College
Texas
Hometown
Class
Rockwall, TX
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
210 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.40
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Baltimore
Ravens
Round 6 ‧ Pick 16
40 Yard Dash
4.58
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
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In his first year as a starter, all 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 tried 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 started one game of 12 played as a sophomore, compiling 30 tackles, three for loss, an interception, and four pass breakups. In 2015, the former Under Armour All-American and all-state defensive back from Texas played in seven games on defense and special teams (13 tackles, two interceptions, one pass breakups, one forced fumble) despite missing time with an injury.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
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. Scouts say he loves the game including the work that goes into it so he has a good shot of sticking on a roster as a backup strong safety with immediate coverage ability on kickoffs and punts. His draft stock will be tied heavily to his Combine workout.
Strengths
  • Well-built with NFL-caliber frame and good overall arm length
  • Good football intelligence
  • Quarterback of the secondary who works hard on the tape and gets his defense lined up
  • Plays with downhill mindset
  • Quality trigger after diagnosing hitch throws or running plays
  • Often activated as an additional linebacker
  • Had 8.5 tackles for loss in 2017
  • Embraces physicality of the position
  • Won't pass up a chance to make a statement with a big hit
  • Forced three fumbles in 2017
  • Decent tackle finisher for being tight-hipped
  • Had six interceptions this year and nine total over just 26 games
Weaknesses
  • Tight-hipped and noticeably segmented in his movements in space
  • Needs to play with better knee bend
  • Short-strider and severely duck-footed
  • Change of direction is labored with feet barely leaving the ground with his lateral movements
  • Can be passive in squeezing and attacking dig routes in front of his face
  • 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
Sources Tell Us

"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

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league