Saints: 3 under-the-radar players that could be game-changers in 2020
Number Three: Kaden Elliss
Kaden Elliss is a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints who is entering his second year with the team after missing nearly the entire season with a knee injury in 2019. Elliss, just 25 years old, had one tackle in his rookie season. The team is very high on his ceiling and potential.
Elliss has a very unique skillset and is set to make a splash in his second NFL season. The 2019 seventh-round pick can also play offense as he showed his senior year at Idaho. We know very well at this point that Sean Payton drools over players who can play multiple positions.
At Idaho, Elliss recorded 220 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered, six passes defended, four interceptions, and one defensive touchdown.
On top of those excellent defensive stats, Elliss also recorded seven receptions, 156 receiving yards, a 22.3 yards per reception average, and two receiving touchdowns. Ellis could be the Taysom Hill of the defense if he makes the roster.
The good news for Elliss, however, is that he has a solid shot at making the final 53-man roster based on some moves the Saints have recently made.
Elliss will no longer have to worry about Kiko Alonso, AJ Klein, or Nigel Bradham taking his spot on the roster as two of those players are gone and one is on the injured reserve.
As long as Elliss can stay healthy, he can contribute in multiple ways to the Saints organization, potentially finding himself with the team for years to come.