PASADENA CA - DECEMBER 04: Tight end Rhett Ellison #30 of the USC Trojans catches a pass for touchdown in the first quarter against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on December 4 2010 in Pasadena California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Ellison measures in at just a shade under 6'5" and weighs in at about 250 pounds. Mike Mayock just said that the offense at USC last year "ran through Rhett Ellison," which is something I don't mind hearing. Ellison was a very versatile part of the Trojans' offense last year, lining up as a tight end, as a fullback, and wherever else Lane Kiffin felt the need to place him. ESPN has him rated as the top fullback available in this year's draft.
I don't know if I dare invoke the name "Jim Kleinsasser," but that's why Ellison sort of sounds like to me.
Ellison was a tight end for the first part of his Trojans' career, but moved to fullback this season. He was a team captain for USC in 2011, and was also first-team Pac-12 as a special teams player.
A surprising pick, but one that the Vikings obviously felt filled a need for their team.