Browns sign third round draft pick Jordan Elliott

By , 92.3 The Fan
Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) - The Browns officially signed third round draft pick Jordan Elliott on Thursday afternoon. The former Missouri defensive tackle was was drafted 88th overall, after GM Andrew Berry moved down from 74 to 88 in a trade with New Orleans that also saw them send their seventh-round pick to the Saints while getting a 2021 third-round pick in return.

Elliott, a 2019 second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection, recorded 44 tackles last season, including a team-high 8.5 for loss for the Tigers.

“We see Jordan as a player that has the right physical skill set to be a 3-technique in our defense,” executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry said. “A guy with quickness gap, penetrating ability and who was very disruptive at Missouri. A really good fit in our scheme. Like the guy’s talent and like the guy’s upside for our defense.”

Bolstering the depth on the defensive line was on Berry’s radar despite adding Adrian Clayborn and Andrew Billings in free agency, and he feels Elliott does that.

“The defensive line, they are almost like hockey lines. We are really past the days where you just play your starters and those are the only four guys that play,” Berry said. “For us, it is important to have depth within that position group where you can wave guys in and out of the game. If you look at some of the things that we have done over the course of the offseason, it really is to bolster the talent, particularly with that second group.”

 The Browns have now signed four of their seven 2020 draft picks, including TE Harrison Bryant (fourth round), C Nick Harris (fifth round) and WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (sixth round).