The 49ers have finally drafted a wide receiver. They selected Bruce Ellington in the 4th round (106 overall) out of South Carolina.
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His cousin Andre Ellington starred as a running back for Clemson and plays for the Arizona Cardinals. South Carolina native was a highly recruited two-sport star who won a state championship as a quarterback and lettered four times in basketball. Did not play football in 2010. Played all 13 games in 2011, starting two, and caught 17 balls for 211 yards (12.4-yard average) and a touchdown with 20 kickoff returns for 463 yards (23.1). Started all 13 games in 2012, producing 40 catches for 600 yards (15.0) and seven touchdowns and returning 18 kickoffs for 406 yards (22.6). Started 11 of 13 games in 2013, when he led Gamecocks receivers with 49 catches for 775 yards (15.8) and eight touchdowns. Added five kickoff returns for 108 yards (21.6) and three punt returns for 16 yards (5.3). For his career, carried 25 times for 148 yards (5.9) and one touchdown. Also was the starting point guard on the basketball team for three seasons. Graduated.
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.
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.