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Nose for the ball

Road graders is a term that represents the meat in the middle of the pack, eating up linemen, stout against the run and making plays in the backfield. Every NFL team covets these players heading into the NFL Draft.

Combining size and athleticism, defensive tackles that can make plays is an art and many end up going higher than expected because of the constant need. Missouri defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison isn't known as a pass-rush specialist but is considered a terrific run stuffer. With a 6-foot-4, 305-pound frame, Ellison is a bit raw – considered a player with upside – and a moniker he is glad to...