I wouldnt let Ellerbe prevent us from taking him because I was not a big fan of overpaying Ellerbe in the first place. He was never a proven full time starter with Baltimore. That was a dumb move by Ireland.
I think there is still upside with Ellerbe. Enough that I wouldn't use my 19th overall pick on a linebacker with injury problems. Enough that I wouldn't feel the need to draft a linebacker in the first few rounds.
I could easily see Miami taking a linebacker in the middle rounds, but to take a linebacker that high would be a reach when we already have a solid player in Ellerbe.
Long story short, I don't feel that a player who played through multiple injuries and made 101 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions was our problem on defense.
The 50th ranked inside linebacker (and 53rd against the run) in the NFL is not our problem on defense?