Add another to the list of Oakland Raiders 2014 NFL Draft members to be signed. The latest are Justin Ellis, a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech and cornerback Keith McGill. Ellis is a massive individual with power and quick feet who can help the Raiders at defensive tackle. He has the opportunity to be part of the defensive line rotation for Oakland in 2014.
Ellis, nicknamed "Jelly", has NFL size at 6-1, 334 pounds and he uses it well to clog up the middle. Ellis is known as a run stuffing defensive tackle, who can take on blockers to allow linebacker to pursue the ball. Despite the massive size, Ellis also has quick feet and the ability to penetrate as a pass rusher. For the immediate future, Ellis can be used in defensive packages to stop the run. The Raiders have another large defensive tackle in Pat Sims, who could pair nicely with Ellis to create and impenetrable run wall.
At Louisiana Tech, Ellis had his best season as a senior starting all 12 games and recording 48 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He had some ankle and shoulder injuries in college, but his toughness is not questioned. He will have to be careful to keep his weight down to be effective because he was 390 pounds to begin his college career. At the 2014 NFL Combine, Ellis showed well bench pressing 225 pounds, 25 times. He also had a strong week at the Senior Bowl to solidify himself as a prospect.
If Ellis can come into training camp and show his ability, he can be a nice rotational piece along the Raiders defensive line. Ellis and Sims can be the run stuffers, while Antonio Smith and Stacy McGee can get after the quarterback as well as help in run defense.
With McGill and Ellis signed, only third round pick Gabe Jackson remains and that deal should be done soon.
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