Former New Orleans Saints' first rounder, Sedrick Ellis, visited the New England Patriots on Friday, his first known team visit since the beginning of free agency.
While playing for Pete Carroll at USC, Ellis collected many honors including being named one of the “Pac-10’s Top 10 Players” by Sports Illustrated. At the end of his senior season in 2007, he was voted the Defensive Player of the Year in the Pacific-10 Conference and was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.
The Saints drafted Ellis in 2008. Making 70 starts with the Saints, Ellis recorded only 12.5 sacks in five seasons. He has been considered one of the biggest busts of the 2008 NFL Draft Class.
The Patriots dropped 2012 key defense players Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love in the off-season, while picking up Armond Armstead and Tommy Kelly. The Saints had considered re-signing Ellis, and there had been mentions of interest from the Arizona Cardinals, but no moves were made by either team and Ellis has been sitting stale in free agency for three months.
When the Patriots are doing their due diligence on a potential acquisition, they often look for two non-mutually exclusive characteristics; value and potential and they refuse to pay a lot in these situations, but are always hoping to land a hidden gem. Ellis is perfect for the Patriots, who run a 4-3 scheme on defense. He is strong and has stellar pass-rushing abilities. Additionally, he will be a great value against the cap. He has the potential to be great and under the tutelage of Belichick, he has the opportunity to do just that. For now, neither Ellis or the Patriots have made any official announcements.