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Packers select...Atiyyah Ellison, DT, Missouri
Atiyyah Ellison, DT, Missouri
Height: 6:03.5 Weight: 303
Overview: Atiyyah was an All-State and All-Metro defensive end at Parkway South (Saint Louis, Mo.) High School, where he totaled 47 tackles and three sacks as a senior and was regarded as one of the top interior linemen in the Midwest. Upon graduation, he attended Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College for two years, redshirting in 2000. At Coffeyville in 2001, he lined up at defensive end, recording 57 tackles with five sacks in ten games. Ellison was a pleasant surprise at Missouri in 2002, starting nine contests at defensive end, as he registered 39 tackles (16 solos) with five pressures and a fumble recovery in twelve contests. Atiyyah earned third-team All-Big Twelve Conference honors as a junior. He collected a career-high 72 tackles (42 solos) with four sacks, 14 stops for losses, two forced fumbles and five pass deflections in 2003 while lining up at right defensive tackle. Elected team captain in 2004, he went on to earn All-Big Twelve first-team honors as the nose guard. He produced 60 tackles (30 solos) with 2.5 sacks, 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and four pressures as a senior. In 36 games with the Tigers, Atiyyah started 31 times. He produced 171 tackles (88 solos) with 6.5 sacks for minus-46 yards, 26.5 stops for losses of 84 yards and eleven quarterback pressures. He also caused two fumbles, recovered another and deflected five passes.
Analysis: PositivesAtiyyah is a quiet personality who was a leader by example. He took junior tackle C.J. Moseley under his wing and the two formed the best tackle tandem in the Big Twelve Conference, as they led a Tiger defense that ranked second in the league and 14th nationally in total yardage allowed (301.36 per game) in 2004. He has made steady progress in his two years working on the interior of the front wall. He has natural strength and plays much quicker than his timed speed, but lacks consistency in his performance. Ellison has a quick burst off the snap and developed active hands and a quick arm-over action to get an edge on the blocker. He shows good lateral agility to string plays wide and while he makes most of his tackles in the backfield, he is also effective tracking down the ball carrier along the sidelines. However, he seems to get too erect in his stance when he comes off the snap, resulting in him losing leverage and failing to generate power needed to control at the point of attack. For a player of his strength, he relies too much on his quickness to gain penetration and will sometimes fail to get hand position. This leaves his chest exposed for the offensive lineman to lock on and sustain. He plays with good effort and Atiyyah shows the body control to make plays down the line. With 6.5 quarterback sacks during his career, Atiyyah cannot be considered an effective pass rusher. He would be the first to admit that he lacks any real good pass rush moves. He is light in the trunk (skinny legs) and this causes him to struggle vs. double teams when he gets fails to stay at a low pad level. He shows marginal hand usage and does not jolt the offensive guards backwards when trying to generate pressure on the quarterback. He does show the athletic agility, quick feet and playing speed to read screen passes and can get out to the flat to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He has made strides in the interior, but just lacks consistency. He would be better served in a two-gap system, as he lacks the explosiveness to play in the one-gap. Atiyyah has good natural talent, but needs to add lower body bulk. He is not the type that will generate a strong push into the backfield, but he has the body control to slide down the line and make plays sideline to sideline. With so many teams relying on speed from the under tackle position, Ellison could fill that bill later in the second day of the draft.
Agility tests: 4.93 in the 40-yard dash...435-pound bench press...564-pound squat...369-pound hang clean...28-inch vertical jump...9'3" broad jump...32 -inch arm length...9 -inch hands... Left-handed...17/30 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Parkway South (Saint Louis, Mo.) High School...Ranked among the top defensive linemen in the Midwest, recording 47 tackles and three quarterback sacks his senior season, as he earned All-State and All-Metro honors.
Personal: Agriculture major...Son of Regina Leatherberry...Born 9/29/81...Resides in Saint Louis, Missouri.
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