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2015 NFL DRAFT

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.
77132-3
Player News
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

05/12/2014 - QUOTES TO NOTE: "They're just going to help me get better because I know those guys can play, and I'm just going to learn from them. Learn the playbook, get with them and let them teach me some thing, watch what they do and just become a better player by watching them." -- Bruce Ellington on joining a receiving group that includes Anquan Bolin, Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: 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 and adds exceptional athleticism to the position. He plays faster than his 4.45 40 time indicates and beat out LaMichael James for kickoff and punt return duties. Ellington has starter skills in a compact frame giving the 49ers a much-needed playmaker. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 77/13. *Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina, 5-09, 197, 4.45, 2-3...Ellington was a basketball-football starter in college who graduated in December and is forgoing his senior year to play for pay in the NFL. He plays with the sudden athleticism expected of a basketball point guard and gets football defenders in a bad position quickly both as a receiver and a returner. Closed out his college football career in dramatic style with six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns and a nine-yard TD pass to Connor Shaw in a 34-24 Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin. Frankly: Short in height, but not in talent. Ellington is a natural athlete who excelled as a high school quarterback (state championship), college point guard, receiver and returner. Use him as a returner and slot receiver and he should excel while focusing on only one sport. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: *Bruce Ellington, South Carolina, 5-9, 197, 4.45...Ellington was a basketball-football starter in college who graduated in December and is forgoing his senior year to play for pay in the NFL. He plays with the sudden athleticism expected of a basketball point guard and gets football defenders in a bad position quickly both as a receiver and a returner. Closed out his college football career in dramatic style with six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns and a nine-yard TD pass to Connor Shaw in a 34-24 Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin.

Frankly: Short in height, but not in talent. Ellington is a natural athlete who excelled as a high school quarterback (state championship), college point guard, receiver and returner. Use him as a returner and slot receiver and he should excel while focusing on only one sport. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/04/2014 - Four Gamecock Juniors to Enter NFL Draft...Ellington, a 5-9, 196-pounder from Moncks Corner, S.C., led the Gamecocks with 49 receptions for 775 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2013 campaign. He saved his best performance for his last game, when he registered six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns and threw a nine-yard TD pass to Connor Shaw in Carolina's 34-24 Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin. A two-sport standout, Ellington finished his football career with 106 receptions for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns, seventh on the all-time list.

Ellington, who graduated in December, will begin preparing for the draft and will not complete his final season with the men's basketball team. "I would like to thank Coach 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." The Gamecocks finished the 2013 season with an 11-2 record, their third-straight 11-win campaign. - South Carolina football

01/04/2014 - Gamecocks WR Ellington leaves for NFL Draft...South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington joined three teammates in announcing his intention on Friday to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. The university confirmed that Ellington, the Gamecocks' leading receiver this season with 49 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns, will pass up his final year of eligibility. He is ranked by NFLDraftScout.com as the 13th-best receiver and the No. 95 overall prospect as a projected third-round pick in May. Ellington also was a member of the South Carolina men's basketball team.

"I would like to thank Coach (Steve) Spurrier, Coach (Darrin) Horn and Coach (Frank) Martin for giving me the opportunity to play both football and basketball at South Carolina," Ellington said. "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." South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and cornerback Victor Hampton previously announced that they were leaving for the NFL draft. - The Sports Xchange

01/02/2014 - South Carolina's Bruce Ellington stars in Capital One Bowl...Virtually all of the build-up prior to Wednesday's Capital One Bowl showdown between South Carolina and Wisconsin focused on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and how he'd perform against the Badgers' powerful rushing attack. It was another draft-eligible Gamecock who stole the spotlight, however, as junior wide receiver Bruce Ellington caught two touchdowns and threw for another, leading USC to a 34-24 victory. The 5-foot-9, 197-pound redshirt junior didn't enter the game with the type of production to wow scouts, posting "just" 43 catches for 635 yards and six touchdowns on the year.

Ellington demonstrated remarkable body control and hand-eye coordination against the Badgers, however, hauling in six catches for a career-high 140 yards - including a couple of highlight reel grabs certain to excite scouts about his untapped potential. Ellington's first touchdown may have been his easiest grab of the day, as senior quarterback Connor Shaw hit him in stride on a deep post to give the Gamecocks a 7-0 lead in the closing seconds of the first quarter. A more impressive grab came midway through the second quarter when Ellington showed the ability to quickly locate and adjust to another well-thrown pass from Shaw.

With Wisconsin senior safety Dezmen Southward in tight coverage against Ellington, Shaw fired a deep ball to the only spot where his receiver could make an attempt at the catch without risking an interception - low and away. Showing the ability to contort his body that has helped him on the basketball court as South Carolina's point guard, Ellington reached back and to his left, hauling in the pass for a gain of 32 yards. Every highlight reel in American should show the catch and yet Ellington was just getting started. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2014 - South Carolina's Bruce Ellington stars in Capital One Bowl...Just a few seconds later, Ellington took a pitch from Pharoh Cooper near the left sideline off of a double-reverse and lofted a touchdown pass of his own into the right side of the end zone to a wide open Shaw for a nine-yard score to give the Gamecocks a 14-7 lead. Perhaps his most impressive play of the game, however, was on a 4th and 7 with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter. The Badgers had retaken the lead at 17-14 and with the Gamecocks in no-man's land at the 44-yard line, Steve Spurrier elected to go for it. Shaw, again showing impressive accuracy to throw his receivers open, lofted a pass down the left sideline toward Ellington who was tightly covered once again by Southward. Ellington was running towards the left sideline with Wisconsin's safety trailing behind him. With little room to fit the ball into his receiver, Shaw instead threw the ball more upfield, forcing Ellington to turn and relocate the football. Spinning back toward the ball, Ellington reached out with his left hand and tipped it to himself, making a spectacular catch at a critical moment look easy. Finishing what he started, Shaw hooked up with Ellington seconds later for the 22-yard score to retake the lead. At his height, Ellington doesn't possess the frame scouts are looking for as an outside receiver. His solid build, fluidity and speed and impressive hands, however, make him very intriguing as a slot receiver and return specialist, just like his former teammate Ace Sanders and a similar big play threat as his cousin, Andre Ellington - each of whom outplayed their draft selections to flash as rookies with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals, respectively. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2014 - South Carolina's Bruce Ellington stars in Capital One Bowl...While Shaw and Ellington provided the fireworks on the offensive side of the ball, Clowney and the South Carolina defense made big plays when it mattered most. As was the case throughout much of the 2013 season, Clowney was held largely in check - at least statistically speaking. The Badgers elected to run away from him throughout most of the game and therefore his five tackles aren't eye-popping. He demonstrated his remarkable get-off to register an impressive tackle for loss early in the game and became more of a factor when Wisconsin was forced to pass late, including tipping a pass (with his helmet) which led to Kaiwan Lewis' interception with 4:30 remaining that should have sealed South Carolina's win.

As was expected, Clowney announced moments after South Carolina's victory that he was forgoing his senior season and heading into the 2014 draft. Ellington, a redshirt junior, hasn't made an official statement but he turned in his paperwork to the NFL Advisory Committee. "I am just waiting on my papers right now. If it says pretty good, I am going to talk to (Martin, South Carolina's head basketball coach) and tell him I want to go if there's a chance I can leave," Ellington told reporters a few days ago. "I am just thinking about it right now." Considering his sparkling performance against the Badgers, Ellington's decision might be that much easier. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/01/2014 - Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday. The Gamecocks' senior was named the game's MVP after picking apart the Badgers defense, completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw also had rushing and receiving scores. South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season. Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Badgers (9-4) couldn't capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Backup Curt Phillips was intercepted twice. Wisconsin has lost four straight bowl games. - AP Sports

09/06/2013 - WR Bruce Ellington managed to play against North Carolina despite suffering with an injured hamstring with one catch for 17 yards. He should be in better condition on Saturday, however, as he participated fully in the Gamecocks early workouts. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Bruce Ellington was the most impressive receiver during spring practice, summer workouts and into the fall. An injured hamstring kept him out of action for nearly three weeks, however. He has returned to practice and is expected to play against North Carolina, but is not listed as a starter. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): RS - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina,...Ellington has been the Gamecocks' top kickoff returner each of the last two years. In 2012, he returned 18 kickoffs for a net average of 22.6 yards. After not having a kickoff return in the first four games, his first return came against Missouri when he went 50 yards to set up an eventual Gamecock touchdown. - South Carolina football

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): AP - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina,...Ellington, a 5-9, 196-pound junior from Moncks Corner, S.C., led the team with 600 receiving yards last season on 40 catches with seven touchdowns. He has been the Gamecocks' top kickoff returner each of the last two years. In 2012, he returned 18 kickoffs for a net average of 22.6 yards. After not having a kickoff return in the first four games, his first return came against Missouri when he went 50 yards to set up an eventual Gamecock touchdown. - South Carolina football

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): RS - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)...Ellington, a 5-9, 196-pound junior from Moncks Corner, S.C., has been the Gamecocks' top kickoff returner the last two years. In 2012, he returned 18 kickoffs for a net average of 22.6 yards. After not having a kickoff return in the first four games, his first return came against Missouri when he went 50 yards to set up an eventual Gamecock touchdown. - South Carolina football

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): AP - Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)...Ellington, a 5-9, 196-pound junior from Moncks Corner, S.C., has been the Gamecocks' top kickoff returner the last two years. In 2012, he returned 18 kickoffs for a net average of 22.6 yards. After not having a kickoff return in the first four games, his first return came against Missouri when he went 50 yards to set up an eventual Gamecock touchdown. - South Carolina football

07/18/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Bruce Ellington, South Carolina, JR...Ellington, a 5-9, 196-pound dual-sport athlete from Moncks Corner, S.C., hauled in a team-leading 40 catches last season with seven touchdowns. The standout junior is also the point guard on the Gamecock men's basketball team. - South Carolina football

07/13/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Bruce Ellington, South Carolina...Ellington is coming off a breakout season on the gridiron in 2012 where he led the team in receiving yards with 600 on 40 catches, including seven touchdowns. He has also been the Gamecocks' top kickoff returner each of the past two seasons and has made 15 career starts. - South Carolina football

 
Player News
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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