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Grade
5.45 ?
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 39.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 3.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.12 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'9" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 197LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Also started as a point guard for the South Carolina basketball team. 2013: Played in all 13 games and started 11. Had six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns in bowl game against Wisconsin. 2012: Started all 13 games. 2011: Played in 13 games and started in two. Played mostly in the Wildcat formation. 2010: Did not play football. Was starting point guard for basketball team, averaging 12.8 points per game. High school: Won state championship as quarterback in 2009. Misc.: Cousin of Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington.

Analysis

Strengths

Bursts off the line -- eliminates cushion and threatens vertically. Field-fast -- accelerates in a hurry and turns over a fluid stride. Highly athletic. Excellent balance and agility. Gets in and out of cuts quickly. Good hands. Can turn a short throw into a long gain. Is not afraid to work the middle and take a hit to make a play. Tough and competitive. Has traits to be considered as a kick returner. Highly respected with special intangibles -- leads by example and is smart, determined and hardworking.

Weaknesses

Is short and small-framed -- durability could be an issue. Could stand to become a more nuanced route runner. Can be outmuscled in a crowd -- not a go-up-and-get-it guy. Limited run strength. Underpowered blocker. Too often was a non-factor -- was held to one catch or less in five games as a junior. Was not a home-run hitter in the return game. Split his time with basketball.

Bottom Line

A two-sport athlete who has already graduated, Ellington opted to forgo basketball and his senior football season to enter the draft. While he lacks desirable height and might not be an elite tester, Ellington brings explosiveness, hands and playmaking ability to the slot. Arrow is pointing up, and his desirable intangibles inspire confidence he'll reach his potential, especially now that he's able to focus solely on football.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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