Bruce Ellington, WR

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Moncks Corner, SC
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 197 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.452.561.5515 39 1/210'0"3.956.69

Player Overview

While scouts try to focus their attention on senior prospects, they notice when underclassmen quickly stand out against SEC competition. Considering that Ellington proved a difference-maker at receiver and returner while also juggling starting point guard duties for the Gamecocks' basketball team is an entirely different testament to his extraordinary athleticism.

Ellington didn't play football his first season in Columbia but earned Freshman All-SEC honors as an all-purpose weapon in 2011, playing in all 13 games (starting two), posting 806 total yards and two touchdowns as a receiver, returner and Wildcat quarterback. His numbers weren't eye-popping the past two seasons but he paced the Gamecocks in catches (89), receiving yards (1,375) and touchdown grabs (15) during that time. He also showed a flair for the dramatic, including a career-high 139 receiving yards and three touchdowns scored in his final game, a Capital One Bowl victory over Wisconsin.

Ellington is shorter than scouts would prefer and lacks polish in some of the most elementary phases of playing wide receiver. He is tough, instinctive and cat-quick, however, making him one of more intriguing slot receiver and return specialists of the 2014 draft.

Ellington, who graduated in December, announced Jan. 4 he would begin preparing for the draft and would not complete his final season with the men's basketball team.

"I would like to thank Coach (Steve) Spurrier, Coach Horn and Coach Martin for giving me the opportunity to play both football and basketball at South Carolina," said Ellington. "I also want to thank all the Gamecock fans and my teammates for the past four years in Columbia. It's been a great experience and I've been truly blessed."

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Short but possesses a stout, athletic frame with broad shoulders and a thick lower half. Excellent quickness at the snap to avoid press coverage. Possesses the burst to put defenders on their heels, as well as very good lateral agility and a hesitation move that leaves corners guessing.

Good fluidity and balance as a route-runner. Best attribute is his body control and hand-eye coordination when the ball is in the air. Shows the ability to contort his body to adjust and possesses very natural hands and a surprisingly wide catch radius to extend and pluck. Can track over either shoulder, as well as turn back and time his leap well to out-jump taller, bigger defenders. Good vision, elusiveness and acceleration with the ball in his hands. Talented returner who shows no hesitancy in attacking holes.

Starting point guard for the Gamecocks over his first two seasons, averaging 11.4 points per game over his career. Cousin, Andre Ellington, impressed as a rookie running back in 2013 as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

WEAKNESSES: Short. Wasn't asked to run a full route-tree with the Gamecocks and as such is a bit of a project in this regard. Relies on his burst and athleticism to get open and will freelance to do so, leaving his quarterback in the difficult position of having to predict when he'll make his breaks.

Extends his arms but doesn't block with passion despite his stout frame. Gets to top speed quickly but does not possess a second gear to break away. Basketball was clearly a priority for Ellington while at South Carolina and scouts will want to investigate how much he is committed to improving in football.

COMPARES TO: Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers - Ellington has a long way to go as a route-runner before he'll be confused with Cobb, one of the NFL's most dangerous receivers, but the short, thick frame, raw athleticism and versatility are there. Perhaps even better, each has shown a history of making the game-changing play.

--Rob Rang

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Round 4/106 -- Bruce Ellington, WR, 5-9, 197, South Carolina...Ellington gives the 49ers a much-needed deep threat and slot receiver. The two-sport star also played basketball for the Gamecocks, so he brings exceptional athleticism. He plays faster than his 4.45 40 time indicates, giving San Francisco another option for kickoff and punt return duties. A playmaker, Ellington has starter skills in a compact frame. - The Sports Xchange


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