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Bruce Ellington | Wide Receiver

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 197

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49ers selected South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington with the No. 106 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Ellington (5-foot-9 1/4, 197) is Andre Ellington's cousin and has similarly explosive athleticism, running 4.45 at the Combine with a 10-foot broad jump and 39 1/2-inch vertical. He doubled as a point guard on the Gamecocks' basketball team, and finished his football career with 106 catches for 1,586 yards (15.0 YPR) and 16 touchdowns. He also has experience returning kicks. Ellington does not profile as a future fantasy star, but is a tough, sure-handed slot receiver with balance and acceleration that jump off the screen. In terms of rookie-year snaps, Ellington will have a hard time earning action behind Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, and Quinton Patton. This is a pick for special teams and the future. Sat, May 10, 2014 12:43:00 PM

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Date:'s Ian Rapoport reports that the Falcons will head to Columbia, SC to work out South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington.

"Falcons brass is heading to Columbia, SC tomorrow to work out fast-rising Gamecocks WR Bruce Ellington. They hosted his buddy Clowney Wed," Rapoport tweeted. The 5-foot-9 receiver is one of the more intriguing slot receiver/return specialists in the crop of prospects. Ellington isn't as polished when it comes to running routes as teams would like him to be, but he plays tough and has the ability to beat man on a consistent basis with his great burst. Ellington brings a ton of raw athleticism to the table, and has great vision in the open field as a ball carrier. The Falcons could be looking for a slot receiver who can stretch the field vertically, that also can contribute on special teams, like Ellington can. The South Carolina prospect could have his name called in the middle rounds of the draft.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 07:38:00 PM

South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington and QB Connor Shaw worked out for Patriots scouts on campus on Friday.

Ellington is not frequently mentioned among the top 10 receivers in this class, but do not be surprised if he ends up in that area on draft day. Shaw is an intriguing talent, as he put up excellent production and minimized mistakes each season. Shaw has a legitimate chance to be drafted.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 12:18:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah believes South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington could be a slot guy available in the mid rounds of the draft.

"South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington-love his toughness, quickness and ball skills. Does get a little sticky at top of routes. Mid Round/slot guy," Jeremiah tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 197 pound receiver shows a ton of toughness, speed (4.45 forty) and instincts to be one of the more intriguing options at slot receiver, and as a return specialist at the next level. Bruce is Andre Ellington's cousin.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 04:04:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl writes South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington has jumped out on tape during the postseason evaluation process.

"The first thing that pops out is his 'play speed.' Ellington is a quick starter who gets from zero to 60 mph in a hurry to stretch the field vertically, and he flashes an explosive burst out of his cuts while maintaining quality balance," Weidl writes, adding the receiver's frame is more similar to a running back's. Bruce is Andre Ellington's cousin.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 10:50:00 AM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Ellington posted a huge game in the school's bowl win over Wisconsin, hauling in six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. If he was 50-50 on a decision prior to the game, that performance certainly did not hurt. Ellington, who also played basketball at South Carolina, appears to be in the third- to fourth-round range rather than a top-64 pick.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 10:40:00 AM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington had six receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns in Wednesday's 34-24 victory over No. 19 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.

Shaq Roland added six catches for 112 yards. Ellington also threw for a touchdown, hitting QB Connor Shaw for a nine-yard TD strike on a trick play in the second quarter. "Makes more big plays as a receiver than almost any other receiver I've coached in 25 years," coach Steve Spurrier said of Ellington. The junior wideout is expected to declare for the NFL draft, though he hasn't yet announced his intentions. South Carolina's leading receiver requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board earlier this month.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 11:44:00 PM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington will make an announcement about his football future after the Capital One Bowl.

South Carolina's leading wide receiver requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board earlier this month. He announced on Saturday that he'll turn pro if he likes the answer he's given. "I am just waiting on my papers right now. If it says pretty good, I am going to talk to (basketball coach Frank Martin) and tell him I want to go if there's a chance I can leave," Ellington said. "I am just thinking about it right now." Ellington started 19 games at point guard last season for the Gamecocks. "I came here to play basketball," he said. "I just ended up playing football, and it's gone good." Ellington has 43 receptions for 635 yards and six touchdowns entering the game against Wisconsin.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 01:57:00 PM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington has requested an evaluation form the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Ellington plays both football and basketball for the Gamecocks, so it is doubtful that he declares for the NFL. In fact, Ellington will likely have to make his decision once joining the basketball team. He is the cousin of former Clemson running back Andre Ellington.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 10:02:00 AM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington (ankle) and true freshman LB Skai Moore (concussion) returned to practice on Thursday.

Ellington injured his foot in South Carolina's 52-7 demolition of Arkansas and wore a walking boot for a few days. Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier said earlier this week that Ellington "sort of strained the top of his foot I think when he caught that slant pass toward the end of the first half." With regards to Moore, Spurrier said that his freshman linebacker "should be full speed and ready to go."
Source: Rob Brennan
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 08:20:00 PM

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier praised junior WR Bruce Ellington for his effort and toughness.

"He's out here trying to get better every day," Spurrier said. "I wish we had 100 percent trying to get better every day, but those that are, we'll recognize them and hope we can make it contagious to the rest of the guys to bust their tail and try to get better out here every day." Ellington has been slowed by a hamstring injury during the first few weeks of the season.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 10:29:00 AM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington could miss the season opener with a hamstring injury.

Head coach Steve Spurrier also warned junior receiver Damiere Byrd could miss the UNC game as well. We think the old ball coach is only trying to send a message to some of his top players so they move from the training room to the practice field. Ellington could be one of the Gamecocks' critical offensive weapons.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 08:42:00 AM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington plans to finish his eligibility in both football and basketball.

"I don’t ever get tired," he said. "I am just in good shape. Basketball is a different shape than football, but the more you are in shape, the more you can stay on the field." Ellington is considered a senior in basketball and junior in football, so his basketball career should not overlap into his draft process in 2015.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 08:10:00 AM

South Carolina junior WR Bruce Ellington has rejoined the basketball team.

Ellington will practice with the football team in a month when bowl preparation begins. The junior was a member of the basketball team in 2011 and 2010, and has not made a decision on which sport he will move forward with in the future.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 11:19:00 AM

South Carolina sophomore WR Bruce Ellington is still unsure about his football future and may solely focus on basketball.

This is nothing new for Ellington, and in fact is the standard answer at this time of the year. The sophomore is the team's leading receiver, but was very close to only concentrating on basketball last March. Perhaps the future NFL success of cousin, and Clemson running back, Andre Ellington will impact Bruce's future decision.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 11:21:00 AM