Kaden Elliss

Idaho
LB

Prospect Info

College
Idaho
Hometown
Class
Salt Lake City, UT
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
238 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.23
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New Orleans
Saints
Round 7 ‧ Pick 30
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Kaden is the son of Luther Elliss, a first-round pick in 1995 for the Detroit Lions who played 10 years in the NFL. The older was the defensive line coach at Idaho for the past four years, seeing his son excel from Day 1. Kaden was the Utah High School Most Valuable Player in 2013 as a quarterback and defensive end after leading his high school to its first state title in 30 years. He grayshirted the 2014 season, and then finished second on the team with 83 tackles (eight for loss, one sack) in 2015. Ellis was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt pick in 2016 after intercepting five passes to lead all FBS linebackers (also 65 tackles, eight for loss). Sun Belt coaches named him second-team all-conference in 2017 (80 tackles, 16 for loss, six sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles) and showed off his athleticism by lining up at wide receiver and tight end (7-156-22.3, two TD). Ellis was a first-team pick in 2018, leading his team with 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks (60 tackles, three pass break-ups). He played some offense, as well (3-20-6.7 receiving).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6
Overview
Intriguing linebacker prospect who offers versatility or a lack of a clear-cut position depending on your filter. Because of his size and athleticism, Idaho used him in a variety of alignments, but he was most comfortable and reactive near the line. Elliss could be targeted as a 4-3 SAM, but his best chance to make a team and stick around long-term might be as a 3-4 outside backer with rush or drop ability.
Strengths
  • Father coaches for his team and is a former Pro Bowl DT for the Lions
  • NFL-caliber frame with room for more
  • Four-year starter
  • Versatility allowed him to be moved around the field
  • Posted 31 tackles for loss over last two years
  • Capable edge rusher with fluid outside-in counter
  • Lateral quickness to work to the edges
  • Hands can be twitchy and strong to swipe the punch
  • Possesses adequate arm length
  • Plus strength and toughness to rack up solo tackles
Weaknesses
  • Production doesn't always match traits and competition
  • Can dominate blockers but doesn't always do it
  • Got stuck to tight end blocks in space against Florida
  • Needs more consistent punch and fury along the edge
  • Instincts are average off the ball
  • Clunky change of direction doesn't match 3-cone time
  • Pass rush lacks desired bend around the corner
  • Average fluidity in space

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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