May 10, 2014
NEW YORK - "Go West, young man." That is exactly what Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Justin Ellis will do as he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders Saturday in the fourth round of the 2014 National Football League Draft with the 107th selection overall.
His selection by the Raiders will take him just across the bay from former Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton, currently with the San Francisco 49ers. The two will meet each other on the field when the 49ers visit the Raiders on Dec. 7 with a 1:25 p.m. PT kickoff on Fox.
"California is the place to be. I'm excited," Ellis told The [Monroe] News-Star after his selection. "Happy to play for organization. I know it's a building process. That's the only reason I went to Tech. I like to go play for the team with a building process. I'm just happy to go period."
By overall pick, Ellis is the highest Bulldog drafted in the NFL Draft since D'Anthony Smith was selected with the 74th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ellis, a Monroe product of Neville High School, posted 102 total tackles in his four-year career at Louisiana Tech with 9.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards. He forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles in his career and was credited with three QB hurries and three pass break-ups. He played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl this year.
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