A one-year starter at Texas, Elliot’s NFL Draft stock exploded throughout the second half of the season and as a result the Rockwall product struck while the iron was hot and departed from Austin a year early. Elliott capped his junior campaign as a Jim Thorpe Award finalist, which honors the nation’s top defensive back — he was the only safety named a finalist.
In 12 appearances in 2017, Elliott recorded 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, along with six interceptions and nine passes defended. Two of Elliott’s six picks were returned for touchdowns, with one coming in a double-overtime loss against USC and the other in a blowout victory over Baylor.
As a result of those contributions, Elliott was honored as an All-Big 12 first-team selection and a unanimous All-American.
A former four-star prospect, Elliott appeared in 31 career games as a Longhorn, including 13 starts. Throughout his three-year tenure at Texas, Elliott totaled 106 tackles and three interceptions, 11.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, along with nine interceptions and 23 passes defended.
He now becomes the first Longhorns safety drafted since Mykkele Thompson was selected 144th overall by the New York Giants in 2015.