2017 NFL Draft

Rhett Ellison, TE

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Portola Valley, CA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 251 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 4/128 - Rhett Ellison, TE/FB, 6-5, 250, Southern California...A fullback-tight end hybrid in the mold of a Jim Kleinsasser, who retired after 13 seasons. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "I wasn't expecting to be drafted. I was out on the river when (the Vikings) called. This is the best thing that's ever happened to me." - Southern Cal tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison, who was taken in the fourth round with the 128th overall pick. - The Sports Xchange

03/22/2012 - When USC offensive coordinator/running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu started calling tight-end-turned-fullback Rhett Ellison "The Machine," the senior wasn't sure how to react. "I didn't know if it was good or bad," said Ellison. The nickname was nothing more than a descriptor, a simple adjective. And yes, it was a good thing. Because when the season ended, a new award was announced at the Trojan's banquet. It was called the "Trojan Way" Leadership Award, and it too was about to get a new nickname: The Rhett "The Machine" Ellison Leadership Award. The inaugural recipient, of course, was Ellison himself. "I was shocked," he said. "It didn't make a lot of sense because going into a season, looking back, it definitely wasn't just me [who should be recognized]. "Every one of us is what made this team so special." The 2011 co-captain wasn't the most athletic guy on the team (his fastest 40 time was a 4.74 at USC's pro day) and he wasn't the most vocal either. But his methodical work ethic was an example to his Trojans team as Ellison picked up the play book after three years at tight end and studied until he became, at the request of head coach Lane Kiffin, the starting fullback. "Of course it would have been great to get more time to work on your skills, but I think I got as much as I could out of [playing tight end]," Ellison said."I was happy that I got that one year at fullback." - Stephanie Graves, FOX Sports West

07/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Rhett Ellison, USC, Sr, is one of 34 tight ends named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list for the 2001 college football season by the Nassau County (N.Y.) Sports Commission. The Mackey Award, named for NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, is presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end. - The Nassau County Sports Commission


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