The same reliability can be said for his pass catching skills, both out of backfield and working upfield. Ellison will likely be selected in the middle rounds of the draft by a team looking for a physical player who can bring a workmanlike attitude to the facility and to special teams.
Is coordinated and takes proper angles toward his target, extends his arms well, squares up his head with his man and can create a bit of a pop on contact. Needs to do a better job staying balanced and low through the play, as he has a tendency to get overextended and fall off blocks. Nevertheless, can certainly reach blocks on the edge and win on contact vs. backers and seal DEs when need be.
Is also comfortable in pass protection, understands angles, plays long and displays good coordination and range in space. Generates an average burst off the line when releasing into his route in the pass game and too often stands upright, especially when asked to beat some kind of bump, taking away from his explosion into his route.
However, does display good short-area quickness when looking to slip defenders. Showcases a smooth arm over, can keep himself clean and get into his route. Picks up speed as he goes and can be a threat to get on top of backers and threaten the seam. Also, exhibits a snap out of his breaks in the pass game.
Maintains balance, keeps his feet under him and cleanly changes directions on sharply breaking routes, getting his head around and will pluck the football. Uses his big body to shield defenders from the throw as well and isn’t afraid to work the middle of the field and take a lick in order to hang onto the football.
Impression: Isn’t an elite straight-line athlete or dominant in-line guy. However, has the ability to be successful in both the run and pass game at the next level. Doesn’t look like a starter to me, but could be able to earn playing time early on during his NFL career."
Plays hard and gives good effort, yet lacks strength at the point of attack and explosive power and does not finish.
Can be trusted in the short receiving game, but is not a clean, crisp route runner.
Has NFL pedigree and a special-teams personality."
Solid blocker with decent hands, although he isn’t all that big and isn’t going to scare anyone with the ball in his hands; had 21 receptions including three for scores last fall as a reserve; also a willing special teamer;
Missed four games in 2008 with a broken foot and spring practice last year because of mononucleosis; son of former USC and NFL LB Riki Ellison."