6-1½ 238 UMass
(as a TE)
Too small to be a full time
contributor, but could become a
From nfl.com -
Intriguing prospect who never really found a
consistent position in college, but
contributed as a tight end and could play
the role of a hybrid H-back type player in
the NFL. Runs well for his size and crafty
at getting open, catching the ball, and
moving up the field. Not a deep threat and
is most productive on short first downs.
Could be a late-round flier.
A powerful mover who is tough to bring down
once he has the ball. Relies on strength in
routes to separate at the last moment and
get open. He has a little bit of shake to
him once he has the ball, and can overpower
Slow / has to rely on his strength when
running routes against linebackers. Some
concern whether he can match up with more
athletic (but similarly strong) NFL
ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) -
Plays hard. Tough guy mentality / likes to
hit. Will catch in traffic and secure ball
while getting hit. High motor guy. Carries
the ball out away from frame at times and
will need to protect the ball better.
Better-than-average blocker. Strapped-up and
tough. Has worked in-line, flexed out wide
and from the FB position. More
natural-looking as an in-line blocker but
continues to improve in space. Nice first
step when working in-line. Good leverage
locks on and typically sustains well. Can
improve angles as an ISO blocker. When in
position, has strong POA skills. Good
initial pop / usually keeps his feet driving
after initial contact. "
Limited experience as an inside runner (12
career carries). Adequate initial burst.
Some initial pop but must run with better
pad level. Vision and patience are decent at
Must work on getting in and out of breaks
/struggles to get off of press. Quicker than
fast. Good body control for size Ball skills
are above average for position. Will fight
the ball a bit, but is mostly reliable as a
short-yardage pass-catcher. Can adjust and
pluck on the run. Not much of a weapon after
catch. Takes time to get going up the field.
Runs hard and will bust through attempted
6047 251 USC
Combine: Forty: 4.88|
Pro Day -
His father was a player at USC and
played in NFL. Ellison was used as a FB last
season but probably will be moved back to
tight end in the NFL. He grades out as a
third-day selection. He ran
4.75- and 4.81-second 40-yard dashes,
had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-3
broad jump, 4.40-second short shuttle and
7.16-second 3-cone drill. He also worked out
in individual drills.
(as a TE)
His toughness will earn him a roster
spot. He should be able to rotate-in at
fullback, H-Back or on the line and pitch in
on special teams as well.
From nfl.com - Hybrid
fullback/tight end benefitting from a light
TE class, projecting to be one of the first
off the board. A bruiser with a punishing
frame/ reliable blocker both inline and out
of the backfield. Equally reliable out of
backfield and working upfield Will likely be
selected in the middle rounds by a team
looking for a physical player who can bring
a workmanlike attitude to the facility and
to special teams.
Quick off the LOS for his size / understands
how to stem to avoid jams. Decent route
runner who will get covered but can separate
at the top of routes. He catches nearly
everything in his path and is a very good
blocker inline. But not very fast or
quick-twitch (evident when running deep
routes or working upfield). Labors to move
at times and can struggle in hard moves on
ESPN (Scouts, Inc.) - (Almost all attributes
listed here are as a receiver). Average
route runner. Not an explosive athlete but
fluid getting in and out of stem and
creating separation vs. underneath
man-coverage. Good balance and strength to
ward off contact and get to proper area with
routes. Natural feel for soft spots vs. zone
coverage. Good instincts / will work to open
window if first window is closed.
Natural hands /catches the ball away from
frame. Can pull in tough grab down low but
lacks the body control and athleticism to
consistently make tough catch that's high
and away in the strike zone.
As a runner, he has enough top-end speed to
factor in down the middle of the field. Not
much of a threat after the catch. Shifty /
runs hard but lacks elusiveness and won't
make many defenders miss in space. "
Tough enough to do the dirty required by the
position. Will work the middle of the field
and secure the ball in traffic. Takes pride
in his assignments and works to execute
5116 239 Wisconsin
Combine: Forty: 4.76|
Pro Day - Stood on
everything he did at the combine. Did
position drills and worked out really well.
He’s a very, very good athlete and was
considered good enough to be on the
basketball team as a walk on.
PFW Scout's candid comment -
really like Ewing. I interviewed him. He's a
former walk-on. He played at about 235
pounds this year. He only ran it once or
twice but he played on all the special
teams. He's a tough guy. He's as smart as a
whip. He's your typical Wisconsin kid. He's
built, really thick and can adjust to inside
and outside blocks. He brings it."
Pro Football Draft Guide
No write up
From nfl.com - Another
beneficiary of a thin fullback crop (
although there's growing sentiment that the
position is being eliminated entirely from
NFL offenses). A throwback player -- a
block-first guy who will need to be selected
by an offense who intends to use him that
way, and as a special teams contributor.
Wisconsin's special teams player of the year
as a senior.
Powerful blocker who hits the hole hard and
can dip, sit, and uncoil his hips to
explosively block LB.. Has had few carries
or catches in his career, but reliable when
thrown to. More of a seek-out, engage and
stalemate blocker. Quick off the snap for
his size and understands how to maximize his
opportunities. An NFL-ready player who has
played in professional blocking schemes for
years at Wisconsin. But won’t make any
electric plays at the next level. Can block
with the same tenacity of fullbacks who have
been successful of late in the NFL (i.e.
Vonta Leach). A decent athlete but very
stiff and straight-line as a runner.
Alfred Morris 5-10
222 Florida Atlantic
Lacks speed & agility to stay at RB in the pros. A physical
competitive inside runner whose aggressin in pass pro ,
hard-nosed style and outstanding intangibles indicate he
could make a successful conversion to FB. Scout's
candid comment - "He'll get drafted if he runs
faster. He did not go against great competition in the Sun
Belt, but he still rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He has
that weird build but he runs with good balance and vision.
He's a really good blocker. He's played FB and RB. He's a
really good football player."
Cody Johnson 5-11½
Thick and muscular with a sturdy trunk. A big RB for
Longhorns but best shot to stick in the pros is at FB.
However he is not a blow-up ISO blocker or a sledge-hammer
as a short-yaedage back. Tough, hard-working conversion
candidate. Scout's candid comment -
"Johnson is a short-stepper who tiptoes through holes, but
he's a load to bring down."
Chad Diehl 6-1¼
Has outstanding size and the requisite contact-thirsty old
skill mentality to willingly bulldoze as a straight-ahead
blocker. But was an afterthought on offense and his robotic
movement restricts his effectiveness. Will have to impress
as a blocker and on ST's. Scout's candid comment -
"Got hurt in the Senior Bowl and was sent home with
a concussion. He's a great kid - not just a good kid - a
great kid. He's just really stiff. He can't hit a moving
target in space. In the game I watched, he never had a
carry. He actually has good hands - he just barely ever
touches the ball."
Ryan Houston 6-1½
245 North Carolina
Thickly built and strong/can move the pile between the
tackles. Yet too often did not play to his size and concerns
about his blocking and character can make it an uphill
battle to win a roster spot in the pros. Scout's
candid comment - "Got demoted in place of a
freshman. He is big and soft. He freezes in ther hole and
tries to dance too much.
Joe Martinek 5-11½
Pro Day -—
Martinek ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50
seconds both times. He is very, very fast; he ran the
first 10 yards of the 40 in 1.5 seconds, or a full tenth of
a second faster than Sanu. He recorded a 32-1/2-inch
vertical, a 9-8 broad jump, a 4.21-second short shuttle, a
6.87-second three-cone and did 26 strength lifts. He will be
a seventh-round pick or priority free agent
Tough competitive, team-first, try-hard overachieving
converted RB with tweener traits. Best chance is as a
West Coast FB.
Jared Crank 6-2
No Combine numbers or other published info.
BRS (Gollin) - We know very little
about him, but then again, FB's tend to have a very limited
job description (i.e "Can he lead block?" Also maybe: "Can
he catch out of the backfield?"). Cards are likely to keep
only one FB (his name is Sherman). Crank - who's not
all that big at 238 lbs = is more suited to be a
place-holder in an expanded 90-man roster.
Walter Mitchell (posting on ASFN) -
2011 stats: 29/106/3.7. Coaches raved about his blocks---and
what a great name name for a FB. Cardinals were at the
Purdue Pro Day, so they got a good look at him.