Since the Senior Bowl, Louisiana Tech‘s Justin Ellis has gained a ton of popularity. Although he is coming from a small conference in the C-USA, Ellis had a decorated college career and he has good potential to be a good NFL defensive tackle as well. At 6-foot-2, 335 pounds, Ellis has the ability to play as a three-technique defensive tackle in the 4-3 defensive scheme as well as a nose tackle in the 3-4 defensive scheme. Ellis is a bulky defensive tackle and he fills out his body really well.
It’s not often you find a big defensive tackle using his hands. Usually big defensive tackles use their bodies to get in the backfield, but Ellis uses his jump off the ball and hands to get past centers and guards. In college, Ellis lined up at multiple defensive line positions and he has a non-stop motor. Ellis is a three-down player, meaning he can play against the run and pass, and that will be great trait for him in the NFL.
The Oakland Raiders needed a defensive tackle and Ellis fits the bill. Antonio Smith and Pat Sims weren’t particularly bad last season, but both are getting up there in age and Ellis could take a ton of snaps away from the two of them by the end of the season. Ellis will be a nice player if he polishes up some parts of his game. Right now, he is a good player, but the ceiling is very high with Ellis because of his frame and burst off the snap.