by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of PAC 12.
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Today’s Spotlight - Utah, Edge, Jonah Elliss
Name- Jonah Elliss
HT/WT- 6’2” 246 lbs.
Home – Moscow, ID
Elliss was a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals after leading Moscow High School to back to back district titles. He was named the Inland Empire League Player of the Year Award after his senior season and decided to commit to play football at Utah.
Jonah Elliss shares some NFL bloodlines. His father Luther was a first team all-Conference and all-American for Utah from 1991-94 and played 10 years in the NFL. Jonah’s brother Kaden Elliss is in the NFL right now with the New Orleans Saints.
As a pure freshman in 2021, Elliss played in all 14 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. In his limited time he was still able to collect 15 tackles, 1 sack and 2 fumble recoveries.
Last season, Elliss saw his playing time spike and he made the most of it. He played in 11 games, starting 8 and made the Honorable Mention All-PAC 12 team He finished the season with 26 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for the Utes.
This season, Jonah Elliss has been as dominating as any other edge rusher in the country, and was named six-pack player of the week twice by Draft 412 after his 2 sack performance against Florida, and then his 3.5 sack game against UCLA. On the season he has 37 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and 1 forced fumble. He did this all in 10 games before sustaining a season ending injury.
Jonah Elliss is explosive off the line. He’s an athletic edge, flexible enough to dip under blocks and is efficient at finding the right path to the ball. His closing burst on quarterback’s are at the top of the class.
He can cover tight ends and running backs in the passing game and has the hips and body to mirror them in route. He is a game changer who has a habit of knowing when and how to knock the ball out of the quarterback or running back’s hands.
On the downside, he does not use his hands very well when engaged, depending on his speed to get by and make plays. He will need a counter move and better hand usage to shed blockers at the next level. He is going to struggle with athletic tackles who can get a good initial punch on him at the point of contact. He is not small but is undersized compared to most NFL edge rushers and may be used more as an outside linebacker in some team’s schemes.
When watching film on Jonah Elliss, Draft 412 was reminded of edge rush/linebacker Haason Reddick, a first round pick out of Temple in 2017. Reddick was on the raw side when he was drafted and relied heavily on using his speed to abuse Temple’s opponents. Reddick has matured into a complete football player in the NFL and is a game changer in many ways. He is on his way to his 4th double digit sack season and Draft 412 thinks Jonah Elliss’ ceiling is not far behind that of Reddick’s.
Jonah Elliss has gone from being considered a late round draft pick who will most likely go back to Utah to a player who is in first round talk. Draft 412 thinks he makes it out of the 1st round but not the 2nd and will be a future playmaker for some team’s defense in 2024.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 2nd or 3rd round.