Being injury prone does not mean you cant be elite it means your not durable, also elliot's missed seasons were from separate injuries not reoccurring ones so I wouldn't even say that hes injury prone just unlucky, I think we have to reserve judgement till after this year I feel like it's his last chance but I'm confident he will bounce back just like he did in 2017, but without a doubt hes a top 10 small forward in the league, I'd say being top 10 for your position makes you elite
Hes a gun when hes fit and firing, but since September 2015 has only played 17 AFL games. That's very little senior footy in over 3 years.
You've got to wonder if that will affect his ability to reach his previous standards and even if he does play 15+ games this year, youd still have to proceed with caution. Unfortunately some players just repeatedly get injured and then it's a snowball affect where they can never get right. Elliot shows signs of being one of those player, his seasons games tallies are 15, 20, 17, 20, 0, 17, 0. No ones getting 22 games a year from him, that has to affect value.
Very few small forwards manage to get two goals or more per game. For Elliot to have his present numbers shows how effective he has been. His biggest strength is that he isn't a one trick pony.
However, the sort of injuries Elliot has had makes me wonder if he will ever get all of his tricks back. Back injuries have poor prognoses. If he can come back to his top form, then more power to him. He will make Collingwood even harder to beat. However, as someone who has had bad back problems, I can't see it happening.
He’s looked really good at training so far and in the scratch match vs Melbourne. His prior injuries don’t seem to be restricting him much, if at all. If he stays on the park you’d back him to kick 30+ comfortably.