Bruce Ellington is that kid at your high school that's good at everything. At South Carolina, not only did he have 49 catches for almost 800 yards and 8 touchdowns, he also was the starting point guard on the basketball team. Ellington is a guy that it's pretty clear his best football is in front of him. Here's how he stacked up to other receivers at the combine.
|Measurable||Ellington||Average WR at the Combine|
|40 yard dash||4.45||4.51|
|3 Cone Drill||6.69||6.92|
|20 yard Shuttle||3.95||4.21|
As far as the agility drills, Ellington is well above average, and that translates to his game play on the field, as he's one of the more elusive receivers I've watched. At his pro day, I had a friend there tell me that the Chargers were all over him. They also told me he made acrobatic catch after acrobatic catch.
Traits That Make You Think The Future Is Bright
- YAC Monster
- Ability To Stretch The Field
- Ball Skills
He's proven that he can simply accelerate past defensive backs.
Ellington can win vertically both in the slot and as an outside receiver. His versatility is really his calling card. He was also the punt returner at South Carolina. Another area where he was able to show case his elusiveness.
Ellington can be successful at the next level because he attacks the ball in the air, will pluck the ball away from his frame, make catches in traffic, and adjust to the ball and finish downfield. All these fall under the term "ball skills", and that's an area that really stands out when you watch Ellington.
I only counted 1 drop and there were very few "double catches." He's very good at tracking the ball over his shoulder as well. Ellington also will not gator arm balls when he knows he will get hit.
Where He Must Improve to Suceed
- Develop as a Route Runner
- Better on the Fly Awareness
|Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10||8.5 – 9.0|
|Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round||8.0 – 8.4|
|Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round||7.8 – 7.9|
|Reliable Starter, 2nd Round||7.5 – 7.7|
|Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round||7.0 – 7.4|
|Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round||6.5 – 6.9|
|Productive Backup, 5th Round||6.0 – 6.4|
|Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round||5.5 – 5.9|
|Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round||5.0 – 5.4|
|Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round||4.5 – 4.9|
|Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations||4.0 – 4.4|