Biography: Junior college transfer who started the past three seasons. All-conference selection as a senior with totals of 88 tackles/11 tackles for loss/2 sacks. Junior numbers included 81/5/2. Posted 84 tackles as a sophomore.
Positives: Athletic and intense linebacker with an underrated game. Remains disciplined with assignments, keeps the action in front of him and instinctive. Scrapes well laterally, takes good angles to plays and wraps up when tackling. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments and shows skill in zone. Stacks well against the run, squares into ballcarriers and wraps up tackling. Chases the action hard.
Negatives: Despite his 40 time, does not show great pursuit speed. Easily taken from the action by blocks or handled by tight ends. Not fluid turning his hips in transition with opponents.
Analysis: Hoffman-Ellis was consistently productive at Washington State and is a fiery linebacker who does the little things well. He must learn to play to his 40 time yet is a prospect who could make a squad as a backup linebacker/special teams player.
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