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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Justice Ellison, RB, Wake Forest

Justice Ellison is a quick RB at Wake Forest with good vision. Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks down Ellison as an NFL Prospect in his report.
Justice Ellison is a quick RB at Wake Forest with good vision. Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks down Ellison as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Justice Ellison, #6 
School (Code)Wake Forest (NCWF)
DOB, Class YrN/A, 4th year rJr
Height, Weight5095 208 LBS
40 Yd Dash4.58e
Position/DepthRB/1st
Honors/Captainship2023 Doak Walker Award Watch List, 2021 ACC All-Academic Team, 2022 Doak Walker Award Watch List, 2022 Third Team All-ACC
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games WatchedNCST, NCUN, SCCL, MOUN
Scout Name / DateIan McNice, 08/21/2023

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202213 GP, 170 ATT, 699 yds, 4.1 Y/A, 6 TD, 6 REC, 62 yds, 10.3 Y/R, 
202111 GP, 107 ATT, 541 yds, 5.1 Y/A, 7 TD, 7 REC, 37 yds,  5.3 Y/R, 1 TD
20208 GP, 30 ATT, 113 yds, 3.8 Y/A, 1TD, 1 REC, 3 yds, 1 TD

Player Summary:

Fourth year redshirt Jr. from Ashburn, Virginia. A 3 star ATH (247Sports) out of high school playing RB, WR, DB, KR, and QB while also playing PG for the basketball team as well as running track. Adequate height and weight with good AA. Solid acceleration, paired with good COD, lateral quickness, good foot speed, and balance. Good vision and feel for gap scheme plays with pulling OL leading the way. He displays a very good understanding of body position and leverage making smart decisions based on the OL’s block. Very good reducing his surface area allowing him to squeeze through small spaces at the LOS using good short area burst to get to the 2nd level quickly. Good elusiveness in space, primarily juking back towards the inside of the field after manipulating the tackler towards the sideline with above average COD. He also uses good lateral quickness paired with a strong stiff arm to sidestep defenders in space. Finishes runs with solid leverage, adequate size and marginal leg drive in his lower body make it difficult for him to keep his ground. Solid receiving back, in the tape viewed he had a limited route tree primarily as a checkdown option in the flat. Good at catching the football with his hands and converting from receiver to runner efficiently getting north and south. Very good in pass pro, above-average mental processing allows him to pickup blitzes coming from inside the box as well as the edge/slot. Uses good peripheral vision to locate unblocked LB/DB’s, squares them up getting into a very good anchor using the ground to strengthen his positioning and maintaining the pocket. Adequate making decisions to pickup the bigger threat when presented with multiple rushers, at times moving laterally to the B or C gap when there is a free A gap rusher. Marginal processing and vision on IZ, he does not have a good feel for the scheme not understanding when he should cutback or hit the frontside. Hesitant in zone schemes leading to TFL’s.          

Scheme Fit:

RB in a gap scheme

Power Statement:

Ellison would benefit from playing in a different run scheme, he shows very good mental processing on power’s getting downhill quickly. In zone schemes he does not trust his vision, often stutter stepping in the backfield, giving the DL time to beat their matchups. Elite in nearly every aspect of pass protection, the only thing causing him issues is multiple free rushers getting on him quickly. 

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