Ellis Lankster is a cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, who selected him with the 220th pick in the seventh round in the 2009 NFL Draft. Lankster spent two years at West Virginia, where he was second-team All-Big East in 2008. He is listed at 5-feet, 10-inches tall, and weighs 191 pounds.
Prep and Junior College
From Whistler, AL, Lankster was the offensive player of the year in his district at C.F. Vigor High School. On offense, he scored 24 touchdowns as a senior and also had nine interceptions. As a junior he set a school record with 13 interceptions. He attended Jones County Junior College in Mississippi where he was a JC All-American as a return man. In two seasons, he intercepted 11 passes and blocked four field goals.
West Virginia
Lankster played two seasons at West Virginia after completing his junior college career. In 2007, he played in nine games at cornerback, finishing with 16 tackles and one interception. As a senior, Lankster was named a second team All-Big East selection. He started all 13 games, intercepting three passes -- which tied for the team lead -- and finished third on the Mountaineers with 68 tackles. He also recorded seven pass breakups and 2.5 sacks. He averaged 8.6 yards per punt return and also returned eight kickoffs, averaging 24.4 yards a return. After the 2008 season, he was invited to participate in the 2009 Senior Bowl, where he had five total tackles and an interception for the South team.
NFL Career
Lankster was selected in the seventh round (220th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Before the 2009 season, Lankster signed a contract with Buffalo. Terms were not disclosed.