One of the biggest reasons why I was hesitant on former Hampton defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis coming into the 2011 NFL Draft was the potential character risk, and a particular instance in 2010 has resulted two years later in a 45 day jail sentence.
Ellis will reportedly serve the sentence over the team’s ‘vacation’ period at a Virginia jail starting Friday.
The massive defensive tackle prospect has a ton of talent and potential, and hopefully this experience will be the nail in the coffin that is Ellis’ past, and he can move on from this and continue to get better. Serving a sentence for something he did two years ago nearly must be very difficult considering he has probably mentally moved far past the incident.
The biggest concern for Ellis has to be how he will stay in shape in jail. Maybe they can hook him up with the Insanity DVDs, which I highly recommend, but he is obviously going to jail to be punished, not to get in good shape.
According to Jets coach Rex Ryan, Ellis’ work ethic and strength have increased dramatically, and reportedly he couldn’t previously do a single pullup, and now he does them in bunches with 35 extra pounds around his waist. Not that that automatically translates to the field, but it’s obviously encouraging.