Oakland Raiders: Justin Ellis
A lot of you are probably asking, “Who?” and I don’t blame you. He isn’t a name you hear a lot about.
Ellis is a rotational player with the Raiders, who managed to be the 22nd ranked DT/NT in the NFL despite playing less snaps than anyone ahead of him.
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A top-15 run defender, Ellis would give the Titans a healthy rotation of big men in the middle of the defense with he and Bennie Logan.
Why would he be available?
He is a free agent after this year, but that isn’t really even the big issue. The Raiders just spent two picks on defensive tackles in this draft and they are both going to make a strong push for a lot of time.
The first pick is PJ Hall, a small school guy that the Raiders actually spent a second round pick on. Beside him is Maurice Hurst, who you may remember as having first round traits but borderline undraftable medical concerns.
If both of them pan out like the Raiders think, then the cost effective option is to trade Ellis and ride those cheap rookie contracts for the next four years.
What would he bring to the Titans?
The Titans already have a nose tackle in Logan like I mentioned earlier, but Ellis is younger and it would provide an extensive look at two of the top NTs going into next years FA class.
It would be nice to have the guy that coached and played with Vince Wilfork watching two quality interior defenders and picking the guy that he thinks is worth the long contract.
Then you have your starting DL set for the next few years as you attack other positions in the draft and free agency.
Is it splashy or exciting on the surface? Probably not. But when he and Logan are constantly healthy and they keep Wesley Woodyard, Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans clean to make splash plays, you will appreciate them a lot more.