Raiders draft Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis with 107th pick

Raiders draft Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis with 107th pick
May 10, 2014, 9:30 am
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Last season with Louisiana Tech, Justin Ellis finished with 48 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. (USATSI)

The Raiders beefed up along the defensive line by selecting defensive tackle Justin Ellis from Louisiana Tech with the No. 107 overall pick, their first of two scheduled fourth-round picks.

Justin Ellis
Defensive tackle
Louisiana Tech
333 pounds
Selection: Fourth round, No. 107 overall

Chosen ahead of . . . CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State; WR Martavius Byrant, Clemson, CB Keith McGill, Utah

College career:
Ellis started 25 of 37 games at both nose guard and defensive tackle. He finished his college career with 102 tackles, though his primary function is to occupy blockers and allow others to make plays. His best season was his last, with 48 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 2013. Had previously struggled with foot and ankle injuries.

Scouting report:
Ellis is a big-bodied run stuffer who is tough to move from the point of attack. He’s incredibly tough to move, and can occupy double teams. He doesn’t have great speed or athleticism and he is not a pass rushing threat. He’s had trouble maintaining proper weight.

How he fits:
Ellis should provide depth at a nose tackle spot currently occupied by Pat Sims. He should be use primarily on rushing downs in the base defense when Sims needs a spell. Stacy McGee is also a factor at defensive tackle, but Ellis would offer support in the early going. The Raiders continue to add size and depth in the interior as a gap plugger who allows others to make plays.

Next scheduled pick: Fourth round, No. 116 overall (Saturday).