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Apr 04

Brock Vereen, Bruce Ellington visit Steelers

Steelers bring in two prospects.

Bruce Ellington – Wide Receiver – South Carolina

Size – 5093 – 197 – 4.45

Strong Points – Speed, athlete, body control, hands, run after catch, returns kickoffs, production, also plays college basketball for USC, outstanding combine workout, has already graduated

Weak Points – Size, only played two years of college football, still needs to develop his route running skills

2014 Stats: 49 catches – 779 yards – eight TD’s, 18 kickoff returns for 22.6 yard average

Summation – Ellington is a rare two-sport star in that he excels in both sports. He enrolled at South Carolina in 2010 and did not play football, as he was on a basketball scholarship. He was the starting point guard and averaged 12.8 points per game.

He was a running quarterback in high school and decided to also play football at USC, joining the team for the 2011 season. He played in a rotation with some starts in 2011 and played very well. He returned to basketball when the football season was over. Despite playing two time-consuming college sports, he graduated in three-and-a-half years!

In 2013, he decided that football was his best oppotunity on the professional level, and devoted himself full-time to football. It was a smart decision, as he had his best season with 49 catches for 779 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned 17 kickoffs for a 22.6 yard average. He only played in three basketball games this year after the football season was over. He left the basketball team to get ready for the Combine.

Ellington lacks great size at 5093 – 197, but he is an excellent athlete. He may have had the best overall receiver workout at the Combine, running 4.45, with jumps of 39.5 and 10’ and a 6.69 three-cone. He also did 15 reps of 225.

While not tall, he has long arms and is well built. His lower body is thick and muscular. He looks more like a running back than a receiver.

Ellington is very quick off the line. He easily avoids or fights through jams and gets into his routes quickly. He is still raw as a route runner, but with his great body control and quickness, he is able to get separation on short and long routes. He has very good hands and shows top ability to adjust to the ball. He is effective as both a short and long receiver, and with his top run skills, he can consistently turn a short reception into a long gain. As a kick returner, he shows top instincts and doesn’t dance.

When you factor in that Ellington has only played two years of college football and never really devoted all his time to the sport, you have to say he has unlimited potential. He still has to develop his route running skills, but he can be a special player in time. I see him more as a role player his rookie year who will gain playtime as he learns. He should be a starter in the slot by year two. He will also be a very effective return man. I see him going anywhere from the late second to early third round in this year’s draft.

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