Position: Defensive Tackle
Height / Weight: 6’5″ 335 lbs.
Age: 24 / Experience: R
2011 Contract Status: Signed through 2014
2011 Analysis: Ellis didn’t play a ton of time in 2011, but when he did, he showed flashes of what he could become in the future. Ellis has speed but not the strength he yet needs to hold down the Nose Tackle spot, so the team used him at times at the DE position over his more natural NT spot.
2012 Outlook: Ellis should start to see more work in the rotation as the team will plan to hand over the reins to him in a few years, but for now he’s going to only see limited time there as it’s a pretty high certainty that Sione Pouha would be back on the roster in 2012. Look for Ellis to spell Pouha at times, but more likely see more action at the end spots while he continues to get a feel for the NFL game.
Random Thought: Ellis still has his court case pending, but if the Jets were really all that concerned about it, they probably would not have drafted him in the first place. Expect to see the case handled in a way which will have minimal or no impact to Ellis.