Kenrick Ellis

Kenrick Ellis scouting report

Kenrick Ellis DT Hampton
Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 346

Elite size. Has the potential to be a dominant nose tackle. Impressive upper body strength; has the ability to toss undersized offensive linemen aside as he bull rushes into the backfield. Adequate athleticism considering his size. Holds his ground against double teams; rarely knocked backward – at worst he holds his ground and eats up blockers.
Dismissed from South Carolina after freshman year for repeated violations of team rules (was suspended first, then dismissed). Reportedly the “violations of rules” were failed drug tests. Not a threat to consistent get into the backfield; more of a space eater than anything else. Needs to do a better job getting his arms up into passing lanes – he has the height to disrput the quarterback’s vision and doesn’t take advantage of this.
Ellis comes with some character concerns but he stayed out of trouble at Hampton and if he’s honest about past mistakes his dismissal from South Carolina shouldn’t hurt his draft stock. He definitely has the potential to start at the next level. The only thing holding him back is his lack of elite athleticism. What sets 1st-round nose tackle apart from guys like Ellis is an ability to do more than just eat up space. Ellis can start and be effective, but will rarely be a true game-changing nose tackle.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off