Bruce Ellington, WR/KR, South Carolina

49ers, Round 4. Was a junior. Cousin of Andre Ellington, running back for the Cardinals. He went pretty much exactly where I expected him to, in the beginning of the 4th round. Good ball skills, athleticism and route running give him a good shot at being a fairly immediate starter. And he has the toughness to fit in on a team with Anquan Boldin. Would be difficult enough to cover out of the slot, but is physical enough to play an outside receiver spot, too.

Positives: Though he is short for the position, he has adequate bulk, and is proportioned like a running back. Above-average hand size. Runs with good speed and quickness, and accelerates off the line quickly. Above-average route runner who is crisp in his breaks. Adjusts his routes well to keep an angle on the ball in the air. Shows good hands and can extend and snag passes away from his frame. Good concentration and body control, and adjusts to off-target and tipped passes very well. Tracks passes well over both his inside and outside shoulders. Not afraid to go over the middle and holds the ball with a big hit. Above-average balance both on the sidelines and after contact. Willing to get in the way as a downfield blocker. Generally very athletic and versatile, and was a wildcat quarterback for the team and the point guard on his college basketball team. Even threw a touchdown in the 2013 bowl game. Above-average track speed for the position. Adequate upper body strength. 6 good vertical leap, lateral quickness, and ability to change directions in Combine testing.

Negatives: Short for the position. Makes suspect decisions as a kick returner. Though a willing blocker, he’s not a good one – gets caught flat footed and doesn’t maintain blocks. Injured his hamstring in Summer 2013 and missed a few weeks.

Projection: Has the potential to put up WR2 numbers. Draftable late in the first round of dynasty rookie drafts.

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