Rookie spotlight: Justin Ellis

Justin Ellis, or “Jelly” as he is nicknamed, is a big-bodied defensive tackle that the Raiders selected in the fourth round at 107th overall.

At 6-foot-1, 335 pounds, Jelly is a large body that can help clog up the middle of the defensive line and plug up those running holes.

Ellis is not the most athletic defensive tackle and has had problems maintaining his weight but has said that he doesn’t believe that will be an issue for the Raiders. His shorter arms make it difficult for him to get off of blocks at times, but does a solid job anchoring the middle of the line.

Ellis’ best college football season came his final year in 2013 at Louisiana Tech, starting all 12 games and recording 48 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock gave the Raiders glowing reviews for their selection of Ellis in the fourth round.

“‘Jelly’ can roll, baby,” Mayock said after the selection. “He has some short-area quickness; got some foot quickness. I feel like the Raiders have gone 4-for-4 with their draft selections so far.”

Ellis figures to be a part of the Raiders defensive tackle rotation and could turn into a key piece of the Raiders defense for years to come.

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