Patriots Continue to Focus on D-Line

Kenrick Ellis Patriots

Kenrick Ellis could play just about any position on the defensive line for New England.

After holding official visits or private workouts with multiple defensive linemen already, the New England Patriots continued to follow the theme and held a private workout with Hamton defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis.

Ellis is an incredible prospect with the athleticism (5.19 forty) and size (6-5/345) to play a variety of positions in nearly any NFL defensive scheme. Ellis could play nose tackle or defensive end for the Patriots.

The main concern with Ellis is his problem staying out of trouble. He transfered from South Carolina after having off-the-field issues, and was unable to stay in good graces at Hampton.

Any team selecting Ellis in the first two rounds will have to do their homework.

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5 Responses to “Patriots Continue to Focus on D-Line”

  1. Jared says:

    this is one of those guys that could slip and fall into the lap of a team….but it would have to be a good team…with a strong locker room…and a good coach…and good players to teach him at that position…and the team would have to have multiple picks to play with…hmmmm…

  2. Common Cent$ says:

    All this attention to DL prospects convinces me that BB is going to trade one of his top three picks, hopefully either 28 or 33. I now believe that he is that unless a real stud 5 technique is still available at 17(Cam Jordan, JJ Watt or Muhammed Wilkerson) the Pats will take an OL man or a pass rushing OLB. He will then trade either 28 for 1st rder next year and a 3rd rder this year or 33 for a 2nd and a 4th rder next year and a 2nd rder this year. With Ty Warren coming back and signing FA Stroud, he may think he can get his stud on the DL next year.

    • Ken W says:

      Yah but with this draft being so deep in DE’s why would he wait for next year. Take the best one that is there at 17 or if one of them grades out very well and they think is an absolute stud then move up a few spots if thats what it takes to get him.

    • Jeff says:

      It will all depend on who’s there. I wouldn’t be suprised if BB takes Jordan, Watt or Wilkerson then if Heyward is there at 28 they take him too.
      If not he may take one at 17 then trade 28 to a QB needy team for their first next year betting on that they’ll flop and we’ll have another top 10 pick on our hands next year.

      With all the needs on the OL I could see BB trying to grab a high round DE then waiting until the mid rounds to grab another who could push Brace and Deadrick for roster spots. Especially if it’s one who can play an interior pass rusher in the sub package because then they could push Pryor for a spot also and conserve roster space.

      Ellis would potentially do both, and might slip to the 3rd round because of off field issues.
      Pats could go:
      17 – Jordan
      28 – Trade for a first next year and a third this year
      33 – Sheard, Reed, other OLB
      60 – Moffit, Ijalana, Cannon, Pinkston
      74 – Shane Vereen
      (3rd from trade) – Kendrick Ellis
      92 – Boling or Barksdale or Nate Potter
      125 – Chris Cook (CB/S)
      159 – Ricky Elmore or Mark Herzlich
      193 – Greg McElroy

  3. TD says:

    Sounds like Deadrick with a bit more drama. BB could take a chance later and add to the DE body count.

    BB is definitely covering all DE bases for this draft so he does not have to expend extra picks in rounds 1 & 2 for that 5-technique RDE.

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