Chris Ellis Scouting Report

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Chris Ellis Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: ACC
School: Virginia Tech Hokies
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #49
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 267 lbs.
Drafted 3.9 in 2008 by BUF

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Chris Ellis, DE, Virginia Tech

Playing on a defense built around speed at Virginia Tech has left defensive end Chris Ellis a little undersized heading into the NFL. It is that lack of strength and size that has knocked Ellis down to a probable late second round pick. Yet, there is plenty of room for Ellis to build up around his 6-5 frame to look more like an NFL pass rusher. In college Ellis used his quickness to beat people off the line and cause havoc to the opposing backfield. During his senior season, he garnered 8.5 sacks, 9 tackles for loss and 38 quarterback hurries. Ellis is not the type of end who simply goes after the quarterback. He may start the play with that mindset, but he has enough instinct, quickness and hustle to follow the ball and make a play, which makes him a great asset in run support. If Ellis was bulked up right now as much as he will be after a year or two on an NFL team, he would be a borderline first round draft pick. As it is, he is projected as a late second or early third round selection. On a team that has a little time to work with him, Ellis will be a steal if he slips into the third round. 2/27 Update: Chris Ellis came into the Combine at 263 pounds, which is a little less than he was listed at last year. That gave him a nice 40 time, but this is a player that most teams will want to fill in his frame with a little more girth and strength. However, he definitely has the speed to beat tackles around the end, but he will likely have to add a little weight and hopefully not lose any of that speed. 4/4 Update: During his Pro Day, Chris Ellis worked out as a linebacker. Where exactly Ellis will play was a popular topic of conversation at the Combine. Ellis played at end in a 4-3 with Virginia Tech and probably fits better as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. However, he has never played that position in college and it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. The good news is that Ellis has done a decent job showing teams that he can play at either spot and that means he will fit into just about every defensive scheme in the NFL.

Last Updated Apr-04-2008 by Joel Welser

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