Jake Elliott NFL Draft 2017: Scouting Report for Cincinnati Bengals' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 29, 2017

Memphis place kicker Jake Elliott (46) kicks a field goal against Mississippi in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis upset Mississippi 37-24. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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A four-year starter at Memphis, Jake Elliott earned all-conference honors in each of those seasons and connected on over 80 percent of his kicks in three of those seasons. Elliott was 21-of-26 in 2016 and ran up his consecutive extra-point makes to 202. An NFL kicking coach we spoke to liked Elliott's best trait as his follow-through and the velocity on his kicks. He's shown quality accuracy on short kicks throughout his career and is automatic on extra points. 



As a kickoff specialist, Elliott is average. Teams will question his sophomore season in which he connected on just 21 of 32 attempts. He has a very lean frame and will be asked to add strength—especially if kicking outdoors. Because he's not much of a long-ball kickoff artist and the NFL is trying to limit kick returns, Elliott could lose NFL value.

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers

FINAL GRADE: 5.40/9.00 (Round 6)

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