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Washington Redskins Draft Profile: Justin Ellis, DT

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Hogs Haven takes a look at the prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Justin Ellis


Defensive Tackle


Height: 6’1"

Weight: 334 lbs

Bench Press: 25 reps

Louisiana Tech


Strengths: Justin Ellis has the sheer mass to hold up at the point of attack, and very rarely gets pushed backs. He does good work with his hands, and can shed blockers quickly. Plays through the whistle every snap, and has excellent play recognition for a defensive tackle.

Weaknesses: His size does have its downsides. Conditioning is always an issue with the really heavy guys, and Ellis has a history of foot injuries, which never bodes well. Needs to work on his balance, spent a lot of time on the ground. Did not face the toughest competition in college, and never took over games.

Bottom Line: The question I have with Ellis is what scheme he would fit into. He has the body of a nose tackle, but plays his best when he is allowed to attack one-on-one. His strength and motor give him value, but I would like to see how he plays carrying a little less weight.

Projected Round: 3rd to 5th

Teams he would best fit on: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Chicago Bears