Commanders draft Jonah Elliss
- Edge Rusher | Utah Utes
- No. 100 overall
Trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat before the deadline completely evaporated any consistent pass-rush over the Washington Commanders' remaining games. The latter ended up being the leading both his old employers and the Chicago Bears in sacks - that's how bad things were without them.
Numerous fringe players such as Efe Obada, James Smith-Williams, and Casey Toohill might not come back. Adam Peters is going to address this significant need during a frantic period of free agency. Adding another high-upside individual from the college ranks should also be considered depending on their evaluations.
Jonah Elliss would be a solid value pick at this stage of the draft. The Utah prospect is a tremendous asset to call upon against the run. He can hold down the edge and even make his presence felt on the interior when the situation dictates.
Elliss will never be found wanting for effort. He finishes every play with conviction. The edge presence has enough closing speed to chase down runners with relative comfort. There is some work to do with his tackling technique, but the 12 sacks and 16 tackles for loss during his final college campaign are signs this is a player trending upward at the right time.
While Elliss is considered to be a little rough around the edges technically, he's come on leaps and bounds in recent months. This indicates high character by taking on coaching and putting it to good use.