Bold Predictions: Jayrone Elliott will make the Pro Bowl

Jayrone Elliott enters his third season with the chance to make a major impact on the Green Bay Packers defense. The former Toledo star made the roster as a rookie long-shot after going undrafted. He had another great preseason last year to solidify his spot on the roster. He will have a chance to work into the pass rushing rotation with Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Nick Perry.

See my list of breakout players for next season: https://packerstalk.com/2016/05/10/green-bay-packers-2016-breakout-candidates/

Elliott made huge strides in each of his first two seasons. Last season, Elliott had a terrific game against the Seahawks and showed flashes throughout the season, but was inconsistent overall. However, I believe his pass rush ability will allow Peppers and Clay to play in more versatile roles on 3rd down, and Elliott will get the opportunity to make impact plays. Jayrone has shown great instinct and work ethic, and I believe he will continue to develop his pass rush moves to take advantage of his physical abilities.

My prediction is that Elliott will get between 10-12 sacks, and make 3-4 impact plays (forced fumbles and interceptions). I get a little leeway because it’s so much easier for players to make Pro Bowls in an era where the league sometimes has to take their 3rd or 4th option. However, I feel Jayrone Elliott is going to help the Packers defense in transitioning from a good unit into a great one. 

Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig
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8 thoughts on “Bold Predictions: Jayrone Elliott will make the Pro Bowl

    1. Absolutely is the safe bet. I will be making a few other “bold predictions” before the start of the season. I’ll make sure to re-visit them at the end of the season.

    2. Absolutely is the safe bet. I will be making a few other “bold predictions” before the start of the season. I’ll make sure to re-visit them at the end of the season.

  1. 10 to 12 might be a little high, I think 6-8 would be a more reasonable goal for a guy that isn’t a starter, at least not yet. If Perry and Elliot could both get at least 6 sacks, Matthews and Peppers have 10 each, this defense WOULD be great. Jones, Daniels, Clark, and others could throw in another 20 and you have a team with at least 52 sacks. Totally reasonable. With pressure like that the secondary would look even better.

    1. Totally agree. Now with word that Datone is adjusting well to OLB, my prediction looks even shakier.

  2. You’re siting yourself as a source?! Classic… ly ridiculous! LMFAO
    Elliot’s best chance to make the pro bowl is as a ST player, where he is a standout.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like him and he has a chance to become a good OLB and pass rusher. But lets just slow down the hype train your driving. His best chance to really become a pass rusher will be next year when Peppers and Perry MIGHT fall out of their pass rush roles. In truth, Elliot would be the more versatile defender over Peppers and Perry. He actually does have the movement ability to drop in coverage. Peppers and Perry are pass rusher who can’t drop and cover. Except Matthews and Fackrell probably are better in coverage.
    Elliot has to keep working hard on his development and wait for his chance, which isn’t too likely to be this year.

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