All About Kenrick Ellis

A closer look at the Jets third round pick, Kenrick Ellis —

Background – Ellis was born in Jamaica and lived there until he was 11 years old. He played his high school football in Florida, where he was a four star recruit who ended up going to the University of South Carolina.

College – Before the 2008 season, Ellis was dismissed from South Carolina because of repeated team violations. He decided to transfer to Hampton University, of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Last season he had 51 tackles with 15 of them being for a loss. Ellis received first team All-MEAC honors for his work. He also had another run in with the law at Hampton, as he has a pending trial this summer for an assault charge.

Vitals – 6 foot 5, 346 pounds.

Position – He is a natural nose tackle, who can be a two gapper for the Jets in their 3-4.

NFL Comparison – In terms of pure size and the role the Jets will put him in, they hope to see him develop into a Kris Jenkins type player. Obviously, that could be a reach considering how dominant Jenkins was but Ellis isn’t short on raw talent and could develop into a special player.

Quotable –

“I am human.  I have made mistakes. I feel like from me making these mistakes I have learned from them and have grown as a person. I have moved on from the mistakes I have made in the past that I will never do them again. I am a different person from who I was then.”

I feel really excited to be a Jet. It is unbelievable. I feel that I fit in real well with the defense. I’ll play whatever position, nose (tackle) or defensive end.  I feel that I will work as hard as possible to try to make the team better. The goal is to win and I want to win.”

Where He Fits – Ellis will start out as Sione Pouha’s primary backup and a rotational player on the defensive line. He will be battling players like Marcus Dixon and Ropati Pitoitua for reps and looking to increase his role as the season goes on.

Best Case Scenario – He pushes Pouha for reps and begins to develop into the Jets long term answer at the nose tackle position by putting together a productive rookie year as a key part of their defensive line rotation.

Worst Case Scenario – His character concerns rear their ugly head and he never plays a meaningful rep for the team.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports