Kenrick Ellis to New York Jets: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterApril 29, 2011

After his dismissing from South Carolina and flourishing at small Hampton University, Kenrick Ellis finds an NFL home with the New York Jets at No. 94. The 6-5, 346 lb. defensive tackle would move on from a past that included team rule violations and a felony charge to notch 94 tackles and eight sacks in his senior season.

Check out No. 97 blowing people up at the 2:17 mark in the video above, and you'll see the strength and finishing skill that conjures ideas of a small-school Warren Sapp. While he doesn't possess the pass rushing gifts of Sapp, he sure can plug a ground attack according to USA Today's NFL Draft Preview special edition.

He is an effective run stuffer because of his size but has surprising agility and foot quickness. He can hold up a double team or penetrate into the backfield. He has excellent upper-body strength and potential to show great strength off the snap. His size and strength make him an explosive tackler with some upfield burst.

The Jets sat idle for nearly all of day two with their second-round pick in the hands of the Chargers. It was a conditional pick that would've become a third rounder had New York lost on wild card weekend. Instead of grabbing a pass-rusher off the edge in Justin Houston at No. 62 — who many projected to the Jets at 30 — gang green adds a second-round talent who probably fell due to character concerns.

Since the Jets added defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson with their first pick they probably felt more comfortable with snatching more of a run stopper on day two. With Sean Ellis aging and Kris Jenkins injury prone, New York can use another young marauding defensive lineman to tie up blockers.