Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Vance Bedford already said that 2016 defensive tackle signee Jordan Elliott needs to come to Austin ready to play this fall and the 6'3, 322-pounder is clearly taking the task seriously, posting a workout video on Monday that provides a brief look at his offseason efforts:
A little bit of work pic.twitter.com/Fto8SERM40— Jordan Elliott (@JSZN_) May 16, 2016
The nation's No. 10 defensive tackle according to 247Sports, Elliott was the only defensive tackle mentioned by name when Bedford talked about the contributions he needs from the five-man signing class that includes a number of high-profile prospects, so the expectations for him are high.
Part of the reason for that is his quickness -- Elliott ran a 4.35 shuttle last year at the Dallas The Opening Regional camp, the best time for any defensive tackle in the country. And the workout video provides further evidence of his foot speed.
In fact, the other defensive tackle in the video is five-star LSU signee Rashard Lawrence, the consensus No. 5 defensive tackle nationally. Notice that Lawrence doesn't look as quick going through the drills as Elliott does, and there's a good reason for that -- Lawrence clocked a 4.87 shuttle time at a similar Nike event and may even be lighter than Elliott with a listed weight of 305 pounds.
There are certainly more factors that go into high-quality defensive tackle play than the movement ability evidenced by the above workout video and a camp shuttle time, but the fact that Elliott is so good in those areas, even compared to one of the top players at the position in the country, showcases just how much upside he has if other factors like strength and technique come together.