Scout's Notebook: DL Ellis Wyms

The Vikings were looking for some veteran depth on the defensive line, especially after losing Spencer Johnson to the Buffalo Bills during free agency. The addition of former Bucs/Seahawks swingman Ellis Wyms offers some experience in the DL rotation. Here's the scouting report on Wyms …

Ellis Wyms, DE-DT
(6031, 290, 4.97-5.11) Mississippi State

Notes:  Born Ellis Rashad Wyms, 4/12/79, in Indianola, Mississippi.  Raised by his mother, Shirley Rose Wyms.  Earned all-state first-team honors at Gentry High School in Indanola; recorded 124 career tackles and 7 sacks as a senior.  Hails from the same hometown as B.B. King.  Has been very active in the community.  Was part of a group of players that visited MacDill Air Force Base to meet and honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for their efforts in defending our nation and protecting our freedom.  Participated in Metropolitan Ministries’ annual SneakerFeat event in 2002 by reading stories and playing games with children at the temporary care facility for the homeless.  Helped present a check for $100,000 and took part in the field dedication at Skyway Park to kick off the renovation of the football fields at the Skyway Park Athletic Facility in 2003.  Visited with patients at a 2004 Halloween-themed carnival on the rooftop playground of All Children’s Hospital.  In 2004, joined forces with the NFL Players Association Tampa Bay Chapter, the City of Tampa and the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners to kickoff “Strong Minds, Strong Bodies.”  The project provided monthly reading and career planning activities for over 500 at-risk youth and their families in East Tampa and the University Community Area.

College:  Saw limited action in 8 games as a freshman (1997); recording 9 tackles.  Played in 12 games as a sophomore (1998), starting one contest; had 26 tackles and one sack.  Played in 11 games as a junior in 1999; was the Bulldogs’ top defensive reserve, posting 42 tackles and a career-best 5 sacks.  Appeared in 9 games as a senior (2000), making a career-high eight starts.  Racked up a career-high 43 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.  Collected 120 career tackles (69 solo), 18 tackles-for-losses and 10 sacks in 40 career games for the Bulldogs.  Majored in technology/education.

Measurables coming out of college:  6031, 285 pounds; ran 4.97-5.01 outdoors on artificial turf; did 21 reps at 225 pounds, 4.46 20-yard shuttle; 7.53 three-cone drill.

Pro:  Originally entered the league as a sixth-round draft choice (No. 183 overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001.  Played in four games as a rookieEllis Wyms (2001); recorded 3 tackles and also played in one game in the playoffs.  Finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks in 2002, despite not starting; collected 35 total tackles in 14 regular-season games played; also contributed as part of the DL rotation in the playoffs, recording 5 tackles and one pass breakup against San Francisco, a fumble recovery in the NFC Championship Game against Philadelphia, and 3 tackles and a quarterback sack of QB Rich Gannon in Super Bowl XXXVII against Oakland.  Played in 13 games in 2003; recorded 24 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 PBU before finishing the season on injured reserve with a sprained left knee.  Registered 11 tackles and 1 PBU in six games in 2004 before a shoulder injury landed him on IR once again.  Played in all 16 games, including one start, in 2005; finished with 17 tackles, 2 sacks and one PBU.  Saw action in 13 games, starting 8, in 2006; finished with 30 tackles and 5.0 sacks.

Wyms was released by the Bucs on September 1, 2007.  He signed with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2007 season, appearing in 13 games (no starts) with 11 tackles and 2 sacks.  He became a free agent after the season and signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract that includes a $500,000 signing bonus with the Vikings on March 17, 2008.

Positives:  Versatile, productive, technically-sound defensive lineman who can play end or tackle in the kind of scheme the Vikings employ.  Knows and understands the schemes and has been productive in the past.  Provides some pass rush and gives quality effort on each down.  Active in pursuit.

Negatives:  More versatile than dominant; does not have any truly outstanding physical characteristic.  Does not stand out in any one phase of the game.

Summary:  Provides the Vikings with a proven, experienced backup who can provide some quality snaps in a defensive line rotation at left end and the under tackle position.

Other links: NFL.com

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