With the 33rd selection of the 4th round (#128 overall), the Vikings selected TE Rhett Ellison out of USC. Ellison was a First-Team All-Pac 12 player in 2011 and leaves USC with plenty of playing experience and production to his credit. Ellison’s father, Riki, also played at USC and was an NFL LB with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders.
Ellison, a teammate of 1st-round selection Matt Kalil at USC, weighs in at 6-5, 251 pounds, and is a versatile threat who is perhaps the team’s best candidate to replace the retired Jim Kleinsasser as a blocking TE/H-back/FB type of player. He redshirted at USC in 2007, but played in 8 games as a freshman, 13 as a sophomore and junior, and 12 as a senior. Ellison was a team captain at USC, has graduated and is now pursuing a Master’s degree.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock was complimentary about this pick for the Vikings, which is good news. He also said that the when the USC offense was moving down the field in 2011, it at times ran through Ellison. He appeared in and started games as both a FB and TE at USC, and he figures to fulfill a similar role with the Vikings.
Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Rhett Ellison
Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 80 Comments »