BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 53/9/8.5. Also intercepted one pass and broke up five more. Junior-year numbers included 38/8.5/4.5.
POSITIVES: Athletic defensive end with possibilities as a pass-rushing linebacker at the next level. Breaks down well, plays with good lean, and quickly changes direction. Fluid moving about the field, makes plays in every direction, and displays speed pursuing from the back side. Possesses good first-step quickness, fast off the edge, and nicely redirects to the action. Displays a good degree of suddenness, flashes on the scene, and plays with a competitive attitude.
NEGATIVES: Lacks natural bulk, easily knocked off balance by the first block, and handled at the point by a single opponent. Has a history of shoulder injuries, which could raise red flags.
ANALYSIS: Ellis has been a disruptive force on the college level, constantly making plays in the opponent.s backfield. He must improve his playing strength, yet he will offer immediate potential in the NFL as a pass-rushing specialist.