Ellis transcript from conference call with local media

Here is what Raiders fourth-round draft pick Justin Ellis had to say in a conference call with Bay Area media Saturday morning:

Were you hearing much from Raiders?
“Yes. Me and coach Terrell [Williams], we hit it off pretty good. He kept saying how much he liked me and I had a lot of interest from program or whatever so I did have a good idea of them picking me or whatever.”

You come for a visit, was it at your pro day, when did you talk to him?
“They came out to my pro day and coach, we just kept in contact since my pro day and stuff. And some before the pro day. I met him out at the Senior Bowl and stuff too.”

How much do you think your performance in the East West Shrine Game helped you?
“It helped me a lot. That’s one of the reasons why I think my draft stock moved up and it’s a blessing.”

Your stock seems to have gone up since the season ended, have you found new and different ways to work out and get in better shape?
“Yes, I’ve always been a hard worker but as far as my weight, I tried to make sure I was consistent just so the teams would know I’m not just a guy that will swell up on them. But other than that I just work like I do, like I’ve been doing all my life and it just paid off.”

What would you say your biggest strengths are?
“My power and explosiveness, my quickness off the ball.”

You feel like you can play over the nose or three tech or inside guy, what position?
“I’m most definitely an inside guy anywhere from the nose to the 3-technique, anything they really want from me I can play.”

They love guys here who are serious about football and don’t have lot of drama off the field, is that you?
“Yes, sir, that’s me. Most definitely that’s me.”

Q: Is there any defensive tackle that you pattern your game after?
A: “Growing up, Warren Sapp was my idol, he was the football person that I looked up to as far as football. But lately, as far as going into the draft and the last couple of years, Vince Wilfork, he has grown on me a lot. I like the way he plays the game and I kind of model my game after him.”

Q: What brought you to Louisiana Tech?
A: “They recruited me well, coach Dooley. I thought it was a great program. It was a building process and I wanted to be a part of it. They recruited me well. My mom liked them. I thought it was a good thing. I had a good feeling about it. The trust; if I trust you, I’m going to go with you.”

Q: How appealing to get drafted by a team with so many veteran defensive linemen?
A: “I’m honored to be able to work with those guys. Justin Tuck is a guy who is a good defensive tackle, good defensive lineman, period. Lamarr Woodley and all those guys, they are great professional athletes. I’m happy to be a part of the Oakland Raiders.”

Q: How did you get saddled with the nickname “Jelly?”
A: “My high school coach, my freshman year, my defensive coordinator David Taylor, he said, ‘I’m going to call you Jelly Bean.’ That stuck to me and everybody called me Jelly. I don’t have no problem with it. Actually, that’s my name now. So, I embraced it.”

Q: Describe your weight issues over the years?
A: “It’s been a grind because I’m a built guy just naturally. I’m a naturally built guy. I gain weight easily but I also lose easily, too, so my weight fluctuates. At the same time, it’s been a grind, but it’s something that I can do. I haven’t lost control of it. But I have gained weight but I also lose it.”

Q: What is your weight at now and what should it be at ideally in the NFL?
A: “Right around 346, 347. Maybe 330.”

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  • lefty12

    As I heard someone say yesterday-some guys you can tell day one whether or not they can play.with some it takes 2-3 years.

  • kenchun24

    McCarron to Bengals.

  • DKnight007

    This is where not having a 5th or 6th hurts….still good players out there and being picked….

  • Rico Stifler

    I haven’t done much research on him. I think he is still OTB though.

  • DKnight007

    I know….I just said the same…

  • Raider O

    I understand that, but we gambled a lot (a guy who almost died and the other started playing the sport 2 years before he was drafted), and I just think a team that lacked talent should have minimizes their risk.

  • Chuck

    A good coach would not give a pick at all if he could not get better.we couldn’t get a pick for Wilson but I guess you know more than Pete Carroll.

  • lefty12

    Every pick is a gamble.Both those players were picked for positions of need.

  • Hotep Down

    wow, this is a bIG boy, maybe time to bring back the health food napa camp

  • lefty12

    Raiders website.

  • Rico Stifler

    Right now, i think the OL is:


  • kenchun24

    Yup…that’s the only thing I hate about this draft for Raiders, the lack of mid to late round picks while other “not that needy” teams like San Fran had plenty of those picks. And most probably won’t even see the field.

  • Rico Stifler

    L’Damian Washington…..

  • lefty12

    As Reggie said-you draft for the future,not today.Both will be parts of the future.

  • willy91137

    same thing every new quarterback says when he joins a team he just trying to be nice what he is really thinking is I’m going to go in there and show MF that I can be the starter

  • willy91137

    Will who is the best one on the roster

  • willy91137

    As soon as Schaub throws an INT they will be screaming for a car

  • kenchun24

    Jumped out at me with the Carr pick lol

  • willy91137

    That’s right just more bricks in the foundation

  • willy91137

    raiderO he just hates Dennis Allen he thinks should’ve won the Super Bowl but you can’t win without talent and he had very little talent

  • willy91137

    You know last year at the first of the season we looked really good Dennis Allen put game plans together that are second-tier players could compete but didn’t take long to figure out prior was not the answer we had no running game our offense and line was a mess

  • willy91137

    Four and 12 he’s gone eight he stays for the last year of his contract if he goes deep into the playoffs his fourth year he might get an extension`

  • willy91137

    Yes and my aunt would add whiskers to the bed my uncle

  • 2romes

    If MCG truly wins the Back up job with the newly acquired Carr on board, I consider it a wasted pick.

  • Blackholepriest

    So now Maypck is God……get a grip?