Ellis Lankster, CB, West Virginia

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Ellis Lankster, CB, West Virginia

Postby Pudge » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:23 pm

Ellis Lankster
5-9/191 West Virginia
4.53 Senior

Pros: Shows some nice awareness in zone and does a good job keeping things in front of him. Willing in run support. Capable return threat due to his speed and acceleration.

Cons: Gives up too much cushion in coverage and has weak hips. Not a great hitter or tackler. Undersized and struggles when asked to press. Has a tendency to muff punts and has issues with ball security.

Overview: Lankster is primarily a return threat that could get some work as a reserve cornerback at the next level. A former JUCO player that only played two years at WVU.

NFL Forecast: He'll stick based on his special teams ability. He can help a team on returns, but he'll need to be more consistent handling punts and eliminate the muffs. Will also have to try and stick on coverage units. As a corner, at best he's probably a No. 4 corner. In time, he might be able to develop enough to be an OK nickel cornerback. But really the best you can probably hope for is a career path similar to Allen Rossum.

ATL Forecast: The Falcons interest in Lankster shouldn't pass much beyond helping out their special teams units. And given his propensity to muff punts, it's less likely the Falcons look hard at him. He could play in their defensive scheme, but probably won't be any more than a fourth corner here in Atlanta.

Value: I wouldn't draft him unless I was planning on using him on punt returns. Besides that, you can simply wait until undrafted signing period. At best, he's still only worth a seventh round pick though.
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