NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri

Sep 14, 2019; Columbia, MO, USA; Southeast Missouri State Redhawks quarterback Daniel Santacaterina (10) throws a pass as Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Jordan Elliott (1) defends during the first half at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri's Jordan Elliott, one of the top defensive tackles in the SEC, announced Sunday he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Elliott had 44 tackles, including 8 1/2 tackles for loss and 2 1/2 sacks, this season for the Tigers, who ended with a 6-6 record and banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions. Missouri fired coach Barry Odom on Saturday.

In a message on social media, Elliott thanked Odom and defensive line coach Brick Haley "for molding me and teaching me lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Thank you all for helping me grow as a man and as a player."

Elliott (6-4, 315) started his college career at Texas in 2016 before transferring and sitting out the 2017 season. He made 24 tackles, with eight for loss, in 2018.

--Field Level Media

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