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Chris Ellis

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

American football player

Defensive end


1.93 m

Date joined


118 kg

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Date of birth:
(1985-02-11) February 11, 1985 (age 30)

NFL draft:
2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72

93 (Buffalo Bills / Defensive end)

Place of birth:
Hampton, Virginia

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.


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

Early years

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 career

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.

Buffalo Bills

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 Steelers

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

Saskatchewan Roughriders

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


Chris Ellis (American football) Wikipedia