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2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Jonah Elliss, DL/Edge, Utah


Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Jonah Elliss was a 3-star prospect out of Moscow Senior High School in Moscow, ID. He comes from a lineage of NFL players. His father was selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. The current New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss is his older brother. Jonah committed to Utah in August of 2020.

In 2021 he saw action in 13 total games. One of those games was the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He would acquire 16 total tackles with one sack that season.

His sophomore season showed improvement across the board. Through 11 games he posted 26 total tackles with 3 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. He also had 2 fumbles forced.

For the past few seasons, the Utah Ute’s defence has been a force. Part of that reason is the continued growth of defensive players like Jonah Elliss. 2023 was no different. He continued to improve across the board. Through 10 games Elliss posted career highs in total tackles (37), sacks (12), and tackles for loss (13).


Measurables

Height: 6’2” (16th-percentile)                                 

Weight: 246 lbs (7th-percentile)

Age: 20.9                                                     

Class: Junior


NCAA Statistics

Defense & Fumbles Table
    Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2021 Utah Pac-12 FR LB 9 9 6 15 1.0 1.0 0 0   0 0 2     0
*2022 Utah Pac-12 SO   11 15 11 26 6.0 3.0 0 0   0 0 2 0 0 2
*2023 Utah Pac-12 JR DE 10 23 14 37 16.0 12.0 0 0   0 3 0 0 0 1
Career Utah         47 31 78 23.0 16.0 0 0   0 3 4 0 0 3
Provided by CFB at Sports ReferenceView Original Table
Generated 2/6/2024.

 

Scouting Reports

Strengths

  • Versatility. He can play down on the line or off the edge.
  • Awareness. He knows where the ball is regardless of where he is on the field.
  • He is Agile against his blockers. He utilizes his hands to dip around defenders causing havoc in the backfield.
  • Quick burst off the line. His IQ for the game allows him to know when the ball is snapped to the blockers off the line.
  • Not super quick. But does have the speed to drop into coverage if needed.

Weaknesses

  • Seems like a one-trick pony. There were multiple games throughout his career where once the offence figured him out he was a non-factor.
  • Although he does have the strength he does not bully blockers at the line. Relies on his agility and quick burst to beat blockers. Again once he figures it out, it becomes a non-factor.
  • Rough around the edges. Has the tools & size to be a dominant force. But proper coaching is needed to smoothen out the rough parts of his tape.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Late Round 2

Ideal Landing Spot: Los Angeles Rams

Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

The Rams are in a somewhat win-now mode. But most of their struggles this past year came from the defensive side of the ball. They need help in their secondary. More importantly, they need help on their defensive line to bring pressure. It seems Aaron Donald is the only one who does this.

That is where Jonah Ellis comes in. They can push their luck and hope he gets to round 3. But he would be a solid addition to learn from an elite pass rusher like Donald. A dominant veteran can teach the young pass rusher a thing or two.