Taking a closer look at Raiders 4th round pick Justin Ellis

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With their first fourth round pick on Saturday, the Oakland Raiders selected nose tackle Justin Ellis. Reggie Mckenzie said they needed get bigger and they did just that. Ellis is 6’1″ and weighs more than 330 pounds. He’s gap eater along the defensive line.

Despite his shorter frame, he is hard to block. He does a very good job of occupying blockers and disrupting the play. He keeps pushing into the backfield with his strength and good quickness. I think he can be a contributor early and disruptive for the Raiders defense.

Ellis can create a push up the middle as a rusher. His ability to get to the quarterback is underrated. Surprisingly athletic for a man his size. Ellis will push and possibly take Stacy McGee’s snaps at nose tackle position in the Raiders 3-4 sets while Antonio Smith starts and takes the bulk of the sub/nickel/dime sets with McGee as the backup.

Another solid pick for Reggie Mckenzie and the Raiders. Much like many of his picks, Ellis is a guy who fell to the Raiders after being expected to get taken much earlier. Beefing up the defensive line is a must. The Raiders have to be able to get to the passer and stop the run. Justin Ellis will defiantly help do that.

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