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Chris Ellis (American football)

Chris Ellis (born February 11, 1985) is a former gridiron football defensive lineman. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Virginia Tech Hokies, where he was a First-team All-ACC selection.

Chris Ellis
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Chris Ellis during his tenure at Virginia Tech.
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Position:Defensive lineman
Personal information
Born: (1985-02-11) February 11, 1985 (age 34)
Hampton, Virginia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Hampton (VA) Bethel
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

He has also been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Early yearsEdit

Ellis was ranked 66th on SuperPrep's Elite 100 list following his senior season when he led Led Bethel with 50 tackles - seven for loss - and 10 sacks. He was named an All-American by both SuperPrep and PrepStar as a defensive lineman. He was named to the VHSCA All-Eastern Region honorable mention squad as a defensive end He Posted 75 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior.

College careerEdit

The most experienced of Tech's defensive linemen when he totaled 53 tackles, 9 for a loss, and 8.5 sacks and ranked second in QB hurries (15) and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown against Kent State. In 2006, he closed out the season with 38 tackles (8.5 for losses) and 4.5 sacks. In 2005, he had a total of 41 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 6.0 sacks and 14 hurries. In 2004, he earned third-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News after playing in all 13 games, recording 33 tackles were 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. He also had a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, three pass break ups and 14 quarterback hurries. 2003: Worked at defensive end while redshirting. He had the best vertical jump (31½") among the incoming freshmen linemen. He upped his vertical to 35 inches by spring practice, the fifth-best leap on the entire defense and turned in the top 40 time among the ends at 4.56 and bench pressed 350 pounds.

Professional careerEdit

Buffalo BillsEdit

Ellis was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

He was moved to the OLB position under George Edwards in Buffalo's new 3-4 defense prior to the 2010 NFL season. He was waived on October 11, 2010.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

The Steelers signed Ellis to their practice squad on November 2, 2010. However, he was waived on August 30, 2011.

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

Ellis was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a defensive lineman on March 22, 2012.[1]


After retiring as a player in 2013, Ellis has taken on several coaching positions, mostly as defensive line coach.[2]


  1. ^ "Riders Add Bing And Ellis To Defence". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  2. ^ "Chris Ellis - Defensive Line Coach". BC Lions. Retrieved December 21, 2018.

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