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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ellis McCarthy, DT

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Monrovia, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 330 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
122123-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: McCarthy has been used at nose guard and defensive end in UCLA's predominately 3-4 attack. He projects best inside, where his wide frame and strength allow him to eat up blockers and free up teammates to make plays.

He can stun opponents with his initial quickness and agility and uses an effective bull-rush to push blockers deep into the pocket.

WEAKNESSES: He seemed to tire quickly last season (despite being regularly substituted) and was overshadowed, at times, by some of UCLA's more active defensive linemen, including fellow underclassmen Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenny Clark. In McCarthy's defense, he showed toughness by playing through knee injuries (he's underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus) and played his best football down the stretch in 2013.

NFL teams looking for a massive two-gap run-plugger will be very intrigued by McCarthy. To earn the high selection that his tools warrant, however, he'll need to play with greater consistency. If he does so, McCarthy could skyrocket up draft boards.

--Rob Rang (9/1/14)

Player Overview

McCarthy, a celebrated prep prospect, signed with Jim Mora and the Bruins amid much fanfare in 2012, but has struggled with nagging injuries and hasn't yet proven the consistently dominant force that his size, power and athleticism seem to make possible.

He recorded 10 tackles as a true freshman and earned honorable mention all-conference honors a year ago with 31 tackles, including four tackles for loss and two sacks in 13 games (including eight starts).

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01/14/2015 - UCLA defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy says he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. McCarthy announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-5 McCarthy was a highly touted recruit by the Bruins three years ago, but he struggled with injuries and weight issues in three seasons at the school. McCarthy had three sacks and 21 tackles last season as a reserve behind Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenny Clark. As a sophomore in 2013, he started eight games and was named the Bruins' most improved defensive player. Quarterback Brett Hundley is the only other UCLA player who has headed to the NFL early this year. - AP Sports
 

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