December 6, 2017
Where will DeShon Elliott go in the 2018 NFL Draft?
On Wednesday, Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman caught up with Elliott ahead of Thursday’s The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by GILDAN in Atlanta and got Elliott’s take on where he thinks he’ll go after making himself eligible for the draft last week.
A finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, Elliott told Davis that he believes he’ll be off of the board by the end of the third round.
Texas S DeShon Elliott wasting no time. He’s already signed with agent Jeff Nalley of SSG. Believes he’ll be at least a 3rd-rounder.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) December 6, 2017
Elliott, the program’s Thorpe Award fifth finalist and the first Longhorn to be up for the honor since Earl Thomas in 2009, decided to forgo his senior season after a monster junior campaign that figures to have him in the mix for All-American honors. A unanimous All-Big 12 selection at safety, led the Big 12 and tied for second nationally with six interceptions on the season.
The Rockwall-Heath product and 2015 Under Armour All-America defender also recorded 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
Elliott won’t play for Texas in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl against Missouri on Dec. 27, which leaves Todd Orlando and Craig Naivar with a huge hole to fill at safety. The Longhorns figure to use some combination of John Bonney, P.J. Locke III and/or Chris Brown to man the field safety spot, which is effectively the quarterback of the defense in Orlando’s multiple three-down attack.
If Elliott is drafted that high in the spring, he’ll continue a run of NFL draft picks in the secondary from Texas during the current decade that includes Thomas (2010), Aaron Williams (2011), Curtis Brown (2011), Chykie Brown (2011), Kenny Vaccaro (2012), Quandre Diggs (2015) and Mykkele Thompson (2015).