Meet the Rookies: Raiders DT Justin Ellis

Meet the Rookies: Raiders DT Justin Ellis
July 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Justin Ellis was selected by the Raiders in the 4th round (107th overall) out of Louisiana Tech. (AP)

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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.

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.