It’s fair to assume safety DeShon Elliot will return to school next year as he’s a junior and one of the leaders on the Texas defense. With the way he has played this year however, there is at least a decent chance he’ll declare for the draft. It’s strange to see the lack of buzz he’s currently getting as an NFL prospect.
I recently watched tape on him and I must say, I will not be shocked at all if he turns out to be the best safety in this year’s class (assuming he declares).
Elliott isn’t the fastest guy in the world and for that reason, I don’t think he’ll be a day 1 guy, but he more than makes up for it in coverage. He’s got some Malik Hooker coverage skills in him and we all know how good Hooker was in coverage at Ohio State. Another great attribute Elliott possesses is his ability to make his presence felt in the run game. A safety should not be this good plugging up running lanes. One game that really stands out to me is the Texas/USC game early in the season. Elliott had 2 interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. One of the interceptions came off of a miscue from a USC receiver, however, we shouldn’t downplay the fact that Elliot was in the perfect place to make the interception and he seems to always know where to be. On top of 2 interceptions, DeShon Elliot had 7 tackles, which was the third most for the Longhorns in that game.
Some scouts have said it would probably be in Elliot’s best interest to declare for the draft because he’ll never be able to replicate what he has done this season. Although I think those comments are kind of asinine, I do think it’s in his best interest to declare because in my eyes, he’s already ready to be an NFL player. He has the size, he has the skills, and he has the football IQ that many kids long for growing up.
I can’t speak for others, but I’m higher on him than a lot of draft guys, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that DeShon Elliot will be a great NFL player and if he does indeed fall to the 2nd-3rd round, he’ll be a steal.