Cards Meet With Pass Rusher in Indy

As the Cardinals are learning in their transition to the 3-4 defense, you can never have enough pass rushers. Arizona officials conducted a private meeting at the NFL Combine with one of draft's most potent sack threats. Find out who he is and how he fits in via this Cardinalinsider.com exclusive.

Virginia Tech defensive end Chris Ellis (6'4", 263 pounds) enjoyed a breakout season in 2007. He recorded 53 total tackles, nine tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also caused one fumble, deflected five passes and intercepted another. He earned first team All-ACC honors for his efforts.

Ellis is quick off the line with an astounding closing burst. Athletic and strong, his mechanics are sound and he defends the run well. Additionally, he is agile and fast enough to make plays up and down the line.

"I like to stay around the ball and give the scouts what they're looking for," Ellis said.

The scouting report isn't all good, though.

Ellis has endured injuries and a suspension in the past and could be prone to more. His repertoire of pass rush moves is limited, making him an easy scout for veteran offensive tackles. His technique degenerates late in games and he's too quick to give up on plays when the action is directed away from him.

However, it is difficult to argue with productivity. The eye in the sky never lies, and the game film shows Ellis making game-changing plays in nearly every contest.

"I'm a player who's willing to do anything," Ellis said. "I stay around the ball, whether it's on special teams or defense. Whatever helps the team win I'm willing to do."

That can-do attitude makes Ellis appealing to Cardinals. If he's still on the board when Arizona picks in round two, he'll likely be wearing Red and White next season.


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