SALT LAKE CITY — Kaden Elliss followed in his father’s footsteps into football, and now he’s following his father’s path into the top league in the sport.
Elliss, the former Judge Memorial High standout and son of Luther Elliss, was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL draft Saturday. He was the 244th overall pick.
Luther Elliss was a former Utah Ute who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1995 NFL draft. His son’s path went through Idaho, where Kaden Elliss was a star linebacker for the Vandals.
“Elliss was a hard-working small-school defender who created a lot of disruption. He projects as a situational pass rusher at the next level and comes with a special-teams mentality,” Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline wrote.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder was a quarterback a Judge Memorial, though he played a significant role on Idaho’s defense the past four seasons. Playing both inside and outside linebacker at Idaho, as well as the “Buck” pass rusher as a senior, he finished his college career with 278 tackles, 17 sacks, 47 tackles for loss and 13 pass deflections.
He was also a takeaway force, with five career interceptions, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Measurables: 4.65-second 40-yard dash, 34.5-inch vertical jump, 102-inch broad jump, 4.13-second short shuttle, 6.63-second 3-cone drill and 20 reps on bench press participating in Idaho and Utah Pro Days, according to The Athletic’s Dane Brugler
Scouting Elliss: “Elliss needs to find a permanent home on defense, but he is a high-effort athlete with football smarts and toughness to fill up the stat sheet, projecting as an immediate contributor on special teams,” wrote The Athletic’s Dane Brugler.