Toledo's Jayrone Elliott Signs With Green Bay Packers

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The former Rocket is now a Packer

Former Toledo OLB/DE Jayrone Elliott wasn't taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he did reach a deal with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.

Elliott may not be the biggest name out of the MAC, but he anchored the league, and one of the nation's, best pass rushes in 2013. The outside linebacker/edge rusher totaled 70 tackles in 2013 and 14 tackles-for-loss to go along with nine sacks, while earning first team All-MAC. He also forced five fumbles

Elliott really took a leap in his senior year. Before that he was an average defensive lineman. As a junior the Cleveland native recorded six sacks and seven tackles for loss. As a freshman and sophomore, the former 3-star OLB prospect, saw limited success.

He did all this while at a max playing weight of 240 pounds.

He's since upped his weight to 255, which should help immensely while going up against bigger offensive lineman. He's not exceptionally quick, he ran a 4.67 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, and his explosiveness is questionable (a 112'' broad jump and 31'' vertical don't scream explosive). His 18 reps on the bench also suggest he's not as strong as he'd need to be to shed blocks at the next level. But the fact that he bulked up by 15 pounds since the end of his senior year do have to suggest he could increase his strength.

Ultimately, Elliott seems destined to be an edge rush specialist if he can get his technique up. He's not agile enough, or fluid enough to be a true outside linebacker, but he does have good pass rushing technique, and has a knack for causing turnovers.

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