NFL Draft 2011: Kenrick Ellis a Potential Mid-Round Steal for Seattle Seahawks

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NFL Draft 2011: Kenrick Ellis a Potential Mid-Round Steal for Seattle Seahawks
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Ellis played one season and was released from USC. A young man on a journey, he remade himself at Hampton.

At 6’5", 346 pounds, conventional wisdom places Hampton defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis as a run-stuffing nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.

However, a monster defensive tackle is not a position of need for Seattle, who are currently with veteran Colin Cole and his nearly $4 million salary at the nose tackle spot. Furthermore, the Seahawks do not run a 3-4.  

In looking at Ellis’ size, agility, length and clogging ability, however, he projects as potential backup to Red Bryant at the 5-tech in Carroll’s system, an athletic, huge run stuffer.

Bryant broke through in 2010 after Carroll realized Bryant’s unique skill set could be an asset for Seattle, just not at the nose tackle position, as he tailored the strong side end spot to fit Bryant’s skill set.

Can Ellis be Carroll's defensive line project for 2011?   

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