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Saints Move Up in First Round; Grab USC’s Ellis

Ellis

The Pats moved their 7th pick of the draft to the Saints, and in a move that was expected, the Saints jumped right into the mix, grabbing USC DT Sedrick Ellis with that pick.  Ellis is a beast that some think is better than Glenn Dorsey, who went to the Chiefs two picks before Ellis.  Last season with USC he had 58 tackles in 13 games to go along with 12.5 tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks.  A great move by the Saints, and a guy who can be a playmaker in their defense, which needed to be upgraded.

Here is a scouting report on Ellis from NFLdraftcountdown.com

Strengths:
Very quick with a great first step…Very strong and powerful…A terrific pass rusher with the burst to close…Athletic with good speed…Instinctive…Sheds blocks well and is able to beat the double team…Is technically sound when it comes to using his hands and understanding leverage…Has a non-stop motor…Tough and a very hard worker with top-notch intangibles…Has experience at both tackle positions.

Weaknesses:
Doesn’t have the ideal height or bulk that you look for…Has some minor durability issues…Might have some trouble holding his ground at the point against massive blockers…Limited schematically and probably won’t be a perfect fit for every team.

Notes:
Could be a prototypical three-technique at the pro level…Redshirted in 2003 after breaking his left ankle and missed some time in ’06 with a knee injury..Productive, disruptive force in the middle..A better prospect than Mike Patterson was in 2005.


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