Scouting Report: Alex Hoffman-Ellis

LB, Alex Hoffman-Ellis

Senior, Washington State
6-foot-1, 232 lbs.

Strengths
Intense competitor. Very good instincts. Has a nose for the ball and makes plays. Consistent performer. Can cover as well as play the run. Versatile player who is also a good special teamer. Can run. Gets through trash and finds the football with good lateral agility.

Weaknesses
Undersized. Lacks some physical strength, especially at the point of attack. Not a big take-on guy at the line. More finesse, run around type. Has some body stiffness that shows up in pursuit. More of a competitive type than gifted athlete.

Summary
The productive senior was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for his 14 tackle, 2 sack effort vs. Colorado last week. He is not the most physically gifted linebacker but he comes to play each and every week and shows a lot of desire in his ability to get to the football. He not only plays the run well but also has a knack for dropping into passing lanes with the ability to key and diagnose and break on underneath routes. The best thing he does is find the football and is not easy to fool on play action type fakes. This is a naturally instinctive playmaking linebacker and the key performer on the Cougars defense.

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Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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