Yesterday the New York Jets took NT Kendrick Ellis in an attempt to shore up the interior of their offensive line but the problem for the Jets is that Ellis is awaiting trial for a felony assault charge that will begin on July 12.
Ellis is accused of “allegedly broke the jaw and nose of a man last April in an altercation on the Hampton (Va.) University campus.” If he’s found guilty, Ellis could face up to 20 years in prison.
The University of South Carolina dismissed Ellis after he failed multiple drug tests which is why he ultimately ended up playing for Hampton.
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum seems to feel comfortable with the pick despite the numerous red flags.
“Based on all the information we have, we’re comfortable taking him.”
Teams like the Jets can afford to take a chance on a troubled player but the fact that Ellis has serious case pending is rather alarming. Depending on the outcome of the trial, this could end up being a bust of a pick much sooner than normal.