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Dallas Cowboys draft series: Georgia LB Dannell Ellerbe

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Dallas Cowboys draft series: Georgia LB Dannell Ellerbe
    10:40 AM Fri, Apr 17, 2009 | Permalink | Yahoo! Buzz
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    Size: 6-1, 236

    40-yard dash: 4.64

    POSITIVES

    Ellerbe is one of the best coverage inside linebackers in the draft. He has good speed and quickness and, while he doesn't have outstanding ball skills, he has consistently shown excellent awareness in coverage. He's also an effective blitzer. He is aggressive against the run, willing and able to take on and shed blockers and an explosive hitter. He's a versatile player, spending time at all three LB spots in the Bulldogs' scheme.

    NEGATIVES

    While he could add extra mass, he's undersized for a 3-4 inside linebacker. He misses too many tackles, in part because he often goes for the big hit instead of making a sound tackle. Durability is a concern, especially after missing three games with a knee injury last season and struggling after his return. There is a character red flag: a 2006 arrest for an alcohol-related accident when he crashed a teammate's car into a tree.

    COWBOY FIT

    Ellerbe could develop into the starter at the "Mo" inside linebacker position after Keith Brooking's Cowboys days are done. Ellerbe, who is projected as a mid-round pick, should be able to immediately compete to fill the void left by Kevin Burnett's departure in the nickel and dime packages and contribute on special teams.

    SCRAPBOOK

    Ellerbe staying upbeat (Athens Banner-Herald)

    Ellerbe focusing on NFL (Richmond Daily Journal)
  2. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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  3. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Could swear I read he had his share off field issues.
  4. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Yes, he did.

    I've read that as well.
  5. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Yep, that's why I hope we pass.

    Supposedly there were also rumors he played soft last year to protect his draft stock.

    He sounds like Kevin Burnett. No thanks.
  6. SLATEmosphere

    SLATEmosphere Benched

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    hmmm i liked this guy too..oh well..Jason Williams and Jason Phillips me please!
  7. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    id rather have sidbury and jason williams, and id be estatic

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