DeShon Elliott – Thrust into the limelight in 2020

DeShon Elliott
WACO, TX – DECEMBER 5: DeShon Elliott #16 of the Texas Longhorns breaks up a pass intended for KD Cannon #9 of the Baylor Bears and teammate Corey Coleman #1 in the fourth quarter at McLane Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

With the Baltimore Ravens moving on from Earl Thomas, DeShon Elliott will be an instant starter for the Ravens come September. The former 6th round pick out of Texas brings limited college starting experience but a ton of physical upside to a talented Ravens secondary. The great thing for Elliott is that the Cornerbacks are extremely talented, so Elliott will not have to be saving broken coverages from the corners, but he is stepping in for one of the best free safeties of our generation.

DeShonn Elliott
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: DeShon Elliott #32 of the Baltimore Ravens tackles Jarvis Landry #80 of the Cleveland Browns in the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Elliott, the 6’1″ 210 lb Safety brings range and the ability to play in the box as well as in centerfield. He missed his rookie year and will take some time to continue his development in their uber-aggressive attacking defense. The great thing for Elliott is his partner in the secondary, Chuck Clark has experience and is a great teammate from all accounts.

From a fantasy perspective, he’s a guy that could be a fun stash to see how 2020 goes for him if you’re in deeper IDP leagues, otherwise, I’d leave him on waivers unless you have the roster space. I can build the case that they look elsewhere if he doesn’t pan out, as being only a 6th round pick means they haven’t invested a ton in the player. Ultimately, Baltimore is a team that’s good at player evaluation, so I can see Elliott panning out because I trust their staff at evaluating and developing players.

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