Friday, April 29, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Jets take Hampton DT Ellis
By Rich Cimini
PLAYER: Kenrick Ellis
POSITION: Nose tackle
What it means: The Jets aren't shy about taking chances on players with off-the-field issues, and Ellis has plenty. In 2008, he was thrown off the South Carolina team after reportedly failing multiple drug tests. At Hampton, he was arrested last April for assault -- he reportedly broke the nose and jaw of a person that came after him with a baseball bat. This was a major gamble by the Jets.
How he fits in the defensive scheme: Ellis is a pure nose tackle, a space-eater that has "two gap" written all over him. He has plenty of raw talent and he has Kris Jenkins-like size. He recorded 94 tackles and two sacks last season. Obviously, he's not going to be a prolific pass rusher, but he could be a force against the run.
Projected impact: As a rookie, the Jamaician-born Ellis projects as a backup to Sione Pouha. He will be a rotational player, providing depth off the bench. If he can stay clean, Ellis has long-term potential. His arrival means the Jets probably won't re-sign Jenkins, who was released in February.