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Ellis Lankster
No. 25     Buffalo Bills
Personal information
Date of birth: June 3, 1987 (1987-06-03) (age 22)
Place of birth: Whistler, Alabama
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 220
Debuted in 2009 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 Second-team All-Big East
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     5
Sacks     --
INTs     --
Stats at

Ellis Lankster (born June 3, 1987 in Whistler, Alabama) is an American football cornerback for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Bills in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia.


College career

Lankster played his freshman and sophomore years at Jones County Junior College.[1] He finished his collegiate career at West Virginia University. He also played in the 2009 Senior Bowl.

Professional career


Buffalo Bills

On August 15, 2009, in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears, Lankster intercepted Bears' backup quarterback Brett Basanez twice within a span of 58 seconds. Both turnovers led to touchdowns for Buffalo, ultimately helping them win the game 27-20.[2]

Lankster got some playing time in the 2009 season as a cornerback in nickel defense situations, due to injuries to other defensive backs. Head coach Perry Fewell said of Lankster, "we think he's gotten better every week for us."[3] He finished the 2009 season with five tackles.[4]


  1. ^ "Bobcat Football Bobcats In NFL". Jones County Junior College. September 08, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  2. ^ Bronstein, Jonah (August 16, 2009). "BILLS: Ellis Lankster Rookie Card". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  3. ^ Gaughan, Mark (November 21, 2009). "Bills notebook: Defensive injuries continue to mount". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 3 January 2010.  
  4. ^ "Ellis Lankster Profile ESPN". Retrieved 6 January 2010.  


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