Ellis McCarthy, DT

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Monrovia, CA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 338 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.213.02-24 32-5.078.16
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 329'1"5.078.16

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Player Overview

It isn't often that a player enters the NFL Draft after spending much of his collegiate career as a reserve, but that is precisely the gamble that McCarthy took following a junior campaign in which he recorded 21 tackles and three sacks while operating as a backup nose tackle and defensive end.

McCarthy, a celebrated prep prospect, signed with Jim Mora and the Bruins amid much fanfare in 2012, but has struggled with nagging injuries and never proved the consistently dominant force that his size, power and athleticism seem to foreshadow. However, NFL teams looking for a massive two-gap run-plugger will be very intrigued by McCarthy.

He recorded 10 tackles as a true freshman and earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore with 31 tackles, including four tackles for loss and two sacks in 13 games, which included the only eight starts of his career.

McCarthy has the talent to warrant mid-roundconsideration and the fact that he didn't start isn't in itself a concern given the bevy of future NFL players on UCLA's defensive line. He battled weight issues and injuries (including surgery on both knees) during his time at UCLA, however, and his surprising decision to leave early raises questions about his determination.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Look the part. Sports a prototypical defensive tackle build with broad shoulders and a thick lower half that make him tough to move. He shows position (and scheme) versatility, lining up inside and out. Possesses the core strength to anchor against double-teams and has long, strong arms to latch on and drag ballcarriers to the ground. When healthy and in shape, McCarthy can stun opponents with his initial quickness and agility and uses an effective bull-rush to push blockers deep into the pocket.

WEAKNESSES: Offers little as a pass-rusher. Heavy-footed and needs a clear lane to penetrate and affect the quarterback. Battled weight issues over his career and seemed to tire quickly (despite being regularly substituted). Possesses just average initial get-off and lacks refined pass rush technique, relying on a simple bull-rush most of the time. Occasionally used on stunts, showing limited balance, speed and flexibility to offer much in this regard. Has undergone surgery on both knees over his career.

--Rob Rang

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