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Atiyyah Ellison

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 305 | College: Missouri
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Atiyyah is a quiet personality who was a leader by example. He took junior tackle C.J. Moseley under his wing and the two formed the best tackle tandem in the Big Twelve Conference, as they led a Tiger defense that ranked second in the league and 14th nationally in total yardage allowed (301.36 per game) in 2004. He has made steady progress in his two years working on the interior of the front wall. He has natural strength and plays much quicker than his timed speed, but lacks consistency in his performance.

Ellison has a quick burst off the snap and developed active hands and a quick arm-over action to get an edge on the blocker. He shows good lateral agility to string plays wide and while he makes most of his tackles in the backfield, he is also effective tracking down the ball carrier along the sidelines. However, he seems to get too erect in his stance when he comes off the snap, resulting in him losing leverage and failing to generate power needed to control at the point of attack.

For a player of his strength, he relies too much on his quickness to gain penetration and will sometimes fail to get hand position. This leaves his chest exposed for the offensive lineman to lock on and sustain. He plays with good effort and Atiyyah shows the body control to make plays down the line.

With 6.5 quarterback sacks during his career, Atiyyah cannot be considered an effective pass rusher. He would be the first to admit that he lacks any real good pass rush moves. He is light in the trunk (skinny legs) and this causes him to struggle vs. double teams when he gets fails to stay at a low pad level. He shows marginal hand usage and does not jolt the offensive guards backwards when trying to generate pressure on the quarterback. He does show the athletic agility, quick feet and playing speed to read screen passes and can get out to the flat to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

He has made strides in the interior, but just lacks consistency. He would be better served in a two-gap system, as he lacks the explosiveness to play in the one-gap. Atiyyah has good natural talent, but needs to add lower body bulk. He is not the type that will generate a strong push into the backfield, but he has the body control to slide down the line and make plays sideline to sideline. With so many teams relying on speed from the under tackle position, Ellison could fill that bill later in the second day of the draft.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.


Agriculture major … Son of Regina Leatherberry … Born 9/29/81 … Resides in Saint Louis, Missouri.

High School

4.93 in the 40-yard dash … 435-pound bench press … 564-pound squat … 369-pound hang clean … 28-inch vertical jump … 9'3" broad jump … 32 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Left-handed … 17/30 Wonderlic score.


Attended Parkway South (Saint Louis, Mo.) High School … Ranked among the top defensive linemen in the Midwest, recording 47 tackles and three quarterback sacks his senior season, as he earned All-State and All-Metro honors.


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