Selected by Oakland Raiders in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, May 10, 2014.
AT A GLANCE:
2014: Played in all 16 games with 14 starts in the interior defensive line as a rookie...Recorded 39 tackles (21 solo) and one pass defensed...Named to Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team...(9/7) at NYJ: Made NFL debut, recording two tackles (one solo)...(9/14) vs. Hou.: Posted three solo tackles...(9/21) at NE: Made first career start at nose tackle...Recorded three tackles (one)...(9/28) vs. Mia.: Made second straight start at nose tackle...Credited with two tackles (one)...(10/12) vs. SD: Posted a season-high four tackles (two)...(10/19) vs. Ari.: Totaled two tackles (one)...(10/26) at Cle.: Posted two assisted tackles...Helped limit the NFL’s sixth-ranked rushing offense to just 1.6 yards per carry...(11/2) vs. Sea.: Posted three tackles (two)...(11/9) vs. Den.: Recorded first-career pass defensed, batting down a QB Peyton Manning pass...(11/16) at SD: Recorded three tackles (two)...(11/20) vs. KC: Assisted on two tackles...(11/30) at StL.: Recorded one solo stop...(12/7) vs. SF: Credited with three solo tackles...(12/14) at KC: Tied a season high with four tackles (three)...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Part of a dominant defensive effort, helping limit Buffalo to just 13 rushing yards, which tied for the third lowest opponent total in franchise history...Assisted on three tackles...(12/28) at Den.: Credited with two tackles (one) in season finale.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Louisiana Tech…Started 25-of-37 games, with 14 coming at defensive tackle and 11 at nose guard…Finished with 102 tackles (37 solo), 2.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Started all 12 games as a senior, finishing the season with 48 tackles (15)...Added 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass defensed...Earned All-Conference USA honorable mention…Netted a season-high seven tackles against Southern Mississippi, including a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack…Played in eight games with two starts as a junior, due to injury…Recorded 21 total tackles (nine) with two forced fumbles and one pass defensed...Registered three solo tackles and his first career forced fumble at Houston…Tied a career-high seven tackles (three) and one forced fumble at San Jose State…Played in a career-high 13 games with 11 starts as a sophomore…Earned a second-team All-WAC selection...Recorded 29 tackles (11) with 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one pass defensed...Tallied five total tackles against New Mexico State with 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and one fumble recovery as Louisiana Tech clinched the WAC Championship...Played in four games as a redshirt freshman...Recorded four tackles and 0.5 sacks and one fumble recovery…Assisted on a sack at New Mexico State...Recovered a fumble at San Jose State…Redshirted as a true freshman.
PERSONAL: Attended Neville High School in Monroe, La. …Two-time first-team All-District 2-4A...Named first-team all-state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as a senior...Named second-team all-state by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association as a junior...Two-time All-Northeast Louisiana by the Monroe News-Star...Also lettered for three years on the track and field team, competing in the shot put...Finished third in the state of Louisiana in the shot put as a junior.
After defeating the Chiefs in Oakland two weeks ago, DT Justin Ellis is aware of how difficult the task is to beat the Chiefs twice in a season and win at Arrowhead Stadium.