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Justin Ellis, DT

School: Louisiana Tech  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Monroe, LA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 334 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 287'8"4.757.81

Player Overview

An under-the-radar high school recruit, Ellis redshirted in 2009 and barely saw the field in 2010 before becoming a sophomore starter in 2011.

He took a step back in 2012, but had his best year as a senior with 48 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, earning All-CUSA Honorable Mention honors. Ellis is a wide-bodied rusher and uses his ball quickness and snap anticipation to surge past blockers before they can set up, making him a tough guy to square up and slow down.

He looks like a zero-technique who should be a man-eating run stuffer, but is more of an upfield penetrator who is a handful to control as a pass rusher. Ellis is scheme-versatile to play a two-gapping NT role or as a 3-technique who wins with initial burst.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Large, wide body and carries his weight well. Long arms for his frame and extends well, using his active hands to work off blocks. Has really improved in this area, bullying with heavy hands. Explosive off the ball and a quick thinker, reacting well to what the blockers want to do. Attacks with pure momentum, not afraid to use a spin move, making it tough for blockers to latch on.

Load to handle. Good pocket vision and awareness to track and crash down on the ball or chase the ballcarrier outside. Anchors well at the point of attack and has a stout build. Nice job getting his paw up to swat the ball out of the air. Nonstop motor and ferocious demeanor.

Try-hard type who gets the most out of his ability. Versatile experience, lining up at various inside positions in college.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to stay balanced and controlled and play with better gap integrity. Needs to improve his pad level and show better lower body bend to keep his belt low and play with more consistent leverage. A lot of bull rushes and needs to show more variance in his rushes and broaden his repertoire of arm moves.

Room to improve his ability vs. double-teams and do a better job as a two-gapping player. Has some sloppy weight on his frame and his conditioning needs to be monitored. Very pedestrian production in college and was a party of a heavy defensive line rotation to keep him fresh.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - Justin Ellis of Louisiana Tech, the first of two fourth-round picks by the Raiders, has struggled with his weight on occasion, getting into the 390s at one point during his college career. Ellis got to 334 pounds for the scouting combine, but told reporters by conference call he was back up to 346 pounds. "I've always been a hard worker, but as far as my weight, I tried to make sure I was consistent just so teams would know I'm not a guy that will swell up on them," Ellis said. "It's been a grind because I'm a built guy just naturally. I gain weight easily but I lose weight easily too, so my weight fluctuates. I haven't lost control of it." Ellis said he grew up idolizing Warren Sapp but as a professional has come to admire a player closer to his own style of play. "As far as going into the draft and the last couple of years, Vince Wilfork has grown on me a lot," Ellis said. "I like the way he plays the game and I kind of model my game after him." - The Sports Xchange


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