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Irish On Tap 2020 NFL Draft Preview: Jalen Elliott

Jalen Elliott had a breakout junior season at Notre Dame, but his 2019 numbers and NFL Combine performance have lowered his draft stock.

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Jalen Elliott was a three-star recruit out of Virginia who passed on several ACC and SEC schools to attend Notre Dame. The 6-foot, 205 lb safety was a great addition to the Irish while in South Bend. Elliott played every game for the Irish after his freshman year. To any Irish fan who watches on Saturdays, it’s no secret that Elliott’s breakout season came in his junior year when he posted 67 tackles and four interceptions. Unfortunately, the numbers fluctuated for the worse in his senior season, as he only posted 49 tackles and two interceptions. I dug around to see how this will affect his 2020 NFL Draft stock.

Elliott’s combine performance was just okay. A 4.8 40-yard dash kicked off his day, where the average safety settles around the 4.5-second range. He followed that up with 15 bench press reps, which is not bad compared to the average of around 17. Elliott did exceed in the three-cone drill and broad jump, showing better numbers than the quota in both measurements. NFL.com assigned Elliott a 5.4 prospect grade, which also is below average — a theme for this prospect.

For a lot of kids, it is a dream to play in the NFL, let alone college. This still may be only a dream for Elliott. The consensus among draft projections is that he will be selected in the seventh at the highest. The prospect of being selected in the seventh round is not promising and neither is going undrafted. However, many NFL greats have found success despite underwhelming draft days.


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