Scouting Report: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Last year, Andre Ellington was one of our underrated prospects. This year, we like another Ellington, and Bruce is no less impressive an athlete than his cousin Andre. In addition to being a talented receiver for the Gamecocks, Bruce was also the starting point guard on South Carolina's basketball team. He will forego his senior year to enter the NFL Draft and is not playing basketball this season, but you have to like players who can play two sports at that high a level. It underscores an athlete’s ability to multi task and that’s a big skill in today’s NFL, especially for a diverse talent like Ellington.
Let’s take a quick look at Ellington’s Combine results.
- Height - 5’9”
- Weight - 197
- Hands - 9 5/8”
- 40 - 4.45
- Bench - 15 reps
- Vertical Jump - 39.5
- Broad Jump - 120”
- 3 Cone - 6.69
- 20 Yd Shuttle - 3.95
- 60 Yd Shuttle - 11.12
That’s some pretty positive stuff and it’s exactly what you see on tape. He's fast, quick and his ability to get off the ground will surprise you at times.
Let’s take a look at some of Ellington’s strengths.
- Speed - As I said, he’s fast and it shows on film. His speed was confirmed at the Combine.
- Quickness - He has excellent burst and he’s very agile too. This is a player who can do a lot of damage after the catch. His quickness also shows up in his route running and in his reactions to the ball in-flight. Ellington's open field cuts are sudden and crisp.
- Routes - He’s still developing as a route runner, but we are encouraged by what we see. He attacks cornerbacks and gets to the top of his stem very quickly on most routes. He gets in and out of his breaks nicely. It looks like he can play all the WR positions at the next level, though he is best deployed as a slot receiver. Think Julian Edelman in terms of being multi-faceted.
- Hands - Ellington makes some nice grabs and has a drop here and there, but we like his hands overall. He’ll body-catch some balls, but uses his hands confidently and effectively.
- Versatility - He can play a lot of roles for an offense, like Randall Cobb and Percy Harvin do. He can help in the return game as well.
- Athleticism - As we said at the top, this guy plays point guard ... well. He’s still getting better as a football player and he’ll now be playing one sport full-time.
- Production - Yes, there are receivers with more eye-popping numbers, but we like that Ellington got better each season and is just now concentrating solely on football.
Here’s a look at a highlight reel, and you’ll notice that Bruce throws for a score against Wisconsin.
Here’s a look at Ellington versus Missouri last year.
Here’s a look at Ellington against Arkansas in 2013.
These are two of Ellington’s better performances, but there’s no doubt whatsoever that he has legitimate NFL ability. How quickly he arrives and whether he can become a weekly threat is a bit more up in the air. We’re betting on Ellington, but we have some concerns about durability since he was banged up at times. For fantasy GMs, this is not a player to prioritize in dynasty drafts unless he lands in a favorable situation, like New Orleans, Carolina or perhaps Washington.
Last year, Bruce Arians compared Andre Ellington to Darren Sproles and that same comparison holds up with Bruce as a receiver. You have the good hands and the outstanding quickness plus a nose for the goal line and the first down marker. This goes to our take on Ellington, as both Sproles and his cousin Andre found good fits for their talents. Andre landed on a team with an aging and or injured backfield with an open-minded head coach. Sproles was a role player for years, albeit an important one, until things changed in New Orleans with Drew Brees and Sean Payton. Will the younger Ellington find an Arians or a Payton? This is a big key to his value.
So we’ll be on top of Ellington’s situation for you and we’ll be updating his fantasy value when he has a new home. The talent is definitely there.
Other 2014 Scouting Reports:
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A & M
- Dustin Vaughan, QB, West Texas A & M
- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
- Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
- L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
- Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
- Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
- Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
- Terrance West, RB, Towson
- Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
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