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Two Bulldogs selected in NFL draft

May 16, 2014

NEWS SERVICES

Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Justin Ellis was drafted by the Oakland Raiders Saturday in the fourth round of the 2014 National Football League Draft with the 107th selection overall.

His selection by the Raiders will take him just across the bay from former Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton, currently with the San Francisco 49ers. The two will meet each other on the field when the 49ers visit the Raiders on Dec. 7.

“California is the place to be. I’m excited,” Ellis told The (Monroe) News-Star after his selection. “Happy to play for organization. I know it’s a building process. That’s the only reason I went to Tech. I like to go play for the team with a building process. I’m just happy to go period.”

By overall pick, Ellis is the highest Bulldog drafted in the NFL Draft since D’Anthony Smith was selected with the 74th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ellis, a Monroe product of Neville High School, posted 102 total tackles in his four-year career at Louisiana Tech with 9.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards.

He forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles in his career and was credited with three QB hurries and three pass break-ups. 

Two rounds after Justin Ellis went to the Oakland Raiders, the New York Jets selected Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali in the sixth round.

By being taken by the New York Jets, Enemkpali will be playing in the same division as former Bulldog punter Ryan Allen, currently with the New England Patriots.

Enemkpali was named first team All-Conference USA and first team All-Louisiana following his senior campaign.

Enemkpali started all 12 games for the Bulldogs at right end, compiling 47 total tackles (21 solo, 26 assisted) with 11 tackles for a loss of 43 yards.

He registered a team-best 5.5 sacks for a loss of 33 yards and was one of only two defensive linemen in the country to post multiple interceptions this season with two picks returned for 22 yards. A native of Pflugerville, Texas, he led the team with seven QB hurries and was also credited with a pass break-up. Enemkpali was named first team All-Conference USA and first team All-Louisiana following his senior campaign.

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