Oakland Raiders 2014 Draft Class Shines in Season Defining Win

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Round 4: Justin Ellis

The 49ers were never able to quite take over the game by running the ball mainly because of nose tackle Justin Ellis. He is literally a big cog in the middle of the Raiders defense that always makes it difficult for opposing teams to run up the middle. Ellis is also a better pass rusher than you think too as with his surprising athleticism and strength, he collapses the pocket.

He only had three tackles himself and no sacks but the double-teams he draws allows others to make plays all over. The Raiders took Ellis in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and he has since emerged as a starter on the Raiders defense. And against the 49ers, he looked dominant and like he is there to stay for the Raiders for years to come.