We have talked almost ad nauseam about the strength and depth of the 12 individuals who comprise the San Francisco 49ers 2014 NFL Draft class.
But what about the effect they can have on one another?
"I go against him almost every day," Ellington said on Friday, his 23rd birthday, before the team's afternoon session. "He's real quick, he's long for his size, and he makes plays, which is what you need in that position... He's a play-maker. He has a knack for the ball, and he attacks it. He's a dog out there.
He could carve out a role as the team's slot receiver, given his sneaky size and basketball-like quickness. Ward, of course, is an ideal match because he's hoping to be the 49ers nickel cornerback, the player that is routinely challenged to cover smaller, speedier pass-catchers like the Denver Broncos' Wes Welker.
Ellington, for his part, has excelled through two preseason games entering a third, on Sunday against the visiting San Diego Chargers.
"I came in here ready to run routes," Ellington said. Wideouts coach "Johnny (Morton) has been doing a great job of teaching."
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