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2015 NFL DRAFT

Justin Ellis, DT

School: Louisiana Tech  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Monroe, LA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 334 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
98113
Player News
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

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 4/107 - Justin Ellis, DT, 6-2, 346, Louisiana Tech...Ellis can play over the nose when the Raiders go to 3-4 alignments or play inside in a 4-3 and has value as a run-stopper along with veteran Pat Sims. Provides depth for a unit that wore down in 2013 as the season progressed. Has battled weight issues in the past; was in the 390s at one point in college and put on 12 pounds since the scouting combine. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 98/11. Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech, 6-2, 334, 5.23, 3...Massive man who is tough to evict when he decides he wants to own a piece of football real estate as a two-gap tackle. He is even tougher to stop once he gets all that muscular humanity moving in one direction. Made a big impression at East-West and Senior Bowl workouts. Logic says he should manage his weight, which reached nearly 400 pounds, but he seems to be in football fighting shape at a svelte 350-ish. Frankly: A large, mean-spirited man from a very tough background. Here's your choice -- Either draft him or try to block him for the next few years. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Houston's draft radar...DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech: With Earl Mitchell in Miami and the Texans searching for more of a wide-bodied nose tackle for their 3-4 scheme, Ellis could be in play for them in the fourth round. 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 0-technique who should be a man-eating run stuffer, but is also 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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Pittsburgh's draft radar: DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech: The trenches on defense in Pittsburgh could cause the Steelers to go defensive line much earlier in the draft, but a viable target in the middle rounds is Ellis, who can line up as a two-gap nose and also play defensive end. He is a wide-bodied rusher and uses his ball quickness and snap anticipation to surge past blockers before they can set up. Ellis is a tough guy to square up and slow down and while he looks like a zero-technique who should be a run stuffer, he has also shown the ability to be a handful to control as a pass rusher. If Ellis is still around in the fourth round, he would make a lot of sense for the Steelers, especially if they haven't addressed the defensive line up to this point. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's North practice...8. Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis picked up right where he left off last week at the Shrine Game, using his quickness and snap anticipation to surge past blockers before they were in a stance. He is a quick thinker and reacts well to what the blocker wants to do, either attacking with pure momentum or using a spin or sidestep move to get past him. Ellis, who weighed nine pounds lighter from the Shrine Game weigh-ins, has helped himself as much as anyone the past two weeks and shouldn't last long on the draft's third day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/18/2014 - PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE SHRINE GAME: 5. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech (6-2, 357, 5.34, #70)...Although he looks like a wide, stout nose tackle, Ellis is much more than that and showed it during practices. He has a quick first step and generates a lot of power from his initial surge to overwhelm blockers and bully his way into the pocket. Ellis also displayed active hands and even a spin move to maneuver his way past blocks, projecting him to either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/14/2014 - 2014 Shrine Game: Defensive line prospects shine on Tuesday...Entering the week, my top defensive tackle prospect participating this week was Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis (6-2, 351) and he hasn't disappointed so far. He used his active hands and quick feet to beat blockers during drills, putting spin moves on Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard and also steamrolling him on a few occasions. To no surprise, Ellis weighed in as the heaviest prospect here at 351 pounds and he uses that girth well to bully blockers and surge through the line of scrimmage. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/13/2014 - 2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP-10 PROSPECTS TO WATCH: 7. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech (6-2, 357, 5.34, #70)...A load to handle, Ellis has a large body with a wide frame, using his size and momentum to surge through the offensive line and disrupt the backfield. He needs to show he is more than just a bull rusher, but his nonstop motor, ferocious demeanor and much improved ball awareness are impressive. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/17/2013 - 2013 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL - Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech, Sr.,...Has been selected Honorable Mention All-Conference USA for the 2013 college football season by the league Coaches. - Conference USA football/Louisiana Tech football

08/27/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DL Justin Ellis was a second team all-WAC pick in 2011 but missed a month with an ankle injury suffered in the win at Virginia and played sparingly after that. Expect him to have a big senior season. - The Sports Xchange

07/21/2013 - 2013 CONFERENCE USA PRESEASON FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Justin Ellis, Sr., Louisiana Tech...Recorded 21 total tackles (nine solo, 12 assisted) in 2012 with two forced fumbles and one pass break-up in 2012... 2011 Second Team All-WAC... Recorded 29 total tackles (11 solo, 18 assisted) on the year with 3.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards, one sack for a loss of one yard, one QB hurry and one pass break-up in 2011. - Louisiana Tech football

 
Player News
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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