Breaking records set by longtime New England Patriots' standout Stephen Gostkowski and being named at least a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker all four seasons of his college career is the kind of thing that gets a kicker noticed, even if he is less than 170 pounds, dripping wet.
Though his size will be a concern for some, Elliott's consistency - including with the game on the line - speaks for itself. He converted over 80% of his field goal attempts in three of his four years, registering a 77.88% success rate over his entire career. Elliott never missed a single one of his 202 career PAT attempts or any kick, for that matter, 30 yards or closer.
It didn't take Elliott long to break some of Gostkowski's records, hitting a 56 yard field goal as a freshman, which was three yards deeper than the Patriots' star ever converted for the Tigers. Elliott passed Gostkowski to become team's all-time leading scorer with 445 points. He is the first player in American Athletic Conference history to be named a first-team all-conference honoree in four straight seasons.
STRENGTHS: Quick to the ball with good leg strength and impressive trajectory, with just one blocked over his career. Consistently accurate, with experience in outdoor conditions. Relatively new to the sport, only joining the football team as a junior in high school. Has shown some ice water in his veins, converting several clutch kicks to send games into overtime or outright winners over his career, dating back to a 52-yarder as time expired to win the homecoming game in high school...
WEAKNESSES: Has several long kicks on his resume but came up short during breezy conditions at the Senior Bowl and only 65.6% of his career kickoffs went for touchbacks. His career-long of 56 yards came during his freshman season and hit (and bounced over) the crossbar. Has below average size, even among kicker standards, suggesting that his leg strength is not likely to improve with time.
IN OUR VIEW: Elliott's accuracy is impressive and the fact that kickoffs have been moved up (from the 30 to the 35-yard line) eases some of the concern teams may have about his "average" leg strength.