Photo of Dannell Ellerbe
Grade
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  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 236LBS. Weight

Overview

Exploded onto the scene in 2007, going from a backup weak-side linebacker who finished the 2006 season with seven total tackles to a second-team All-SEC pick in leading the team with 93 tackles and finishing second with 12 tackles for loss. He started at each of the three linebacker positions in 2007 and was credited by some for having a similar lightning-rod affect on the Georgia defense that running back Knowshon Moreno had on the offense. Ellerbe's 2008 season was a complete reversal. A knee sprain knocked him out of three games and limited him in many others and Ellerbe finished with only 33 tackles. Ellerbe popped off the film in 2007, but with only one season as a standout, NFL clubs will hesitate to invest anything higher than a middle-round pick.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Well-built athlete with the frame to add additional mass. ... Versatile defender with experience at all three linebacker positions. ... Aggressive to attack the line of scrimmage in run support. ... Good speed to the outside to meet the back at the edge. ... Reads his keys quickly and puts himself in position to make the play. ... Good overall athleticism. ... Among the better inside linebackers in the country in pass coverage. ... Gets good depth on his drops and reads the quarterback's eyes. ... Good short-area quickness and balance in coverage. ... Can beat blockers to the action due to his lateral agility and aggression. ... Effective blitzer who combines his explosiveness with legitimate hand technique to disengage from blockers. ... Flashes explosiveness as a hitter. Negatives: A bit undersized for the traditional inside linebacker position. ... Relies on his athleticism and aggression to beat blockers to the ballcarrier but struggles disengaging from blocks when confronted. ... Flashes explosiveness as a hitter, but too often tackles high, leaving him susceptible to missed tackles. ... Struggled with a knee sprain in 2008 and wasn't the same player. ... Some concern that he played soft in 2008, trying to protect his stock.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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