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San Francisco 49ers Draft WR Bruce Ellington

Posted May 10, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers selected South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington with the 106th selection in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.


The San Francisco 49ers selected South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington with the 106th selection in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-9, 197-pound receiver played football and basketball for the Gamecocks. The speedy wideout also has punt and kick return experience.

Ellington started in 11 of 13 games in 2013. He led South Carolina with 49 catches for 775 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches. Ellington was the school's starting point guard for three seasons, but ultimately decided to focus on football thanks to the urging of 49ers second-year running back Marcus Lattimore.

“It’s kind of a drop the mic walk-off,” ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer remarked after the selection.

Ellington will join a suddenly deep wide receiver group that now includes veteran Stevie Johnson.

"I'm going to learn from them," Ellington said of San Francsico's deep receiving corps. "Learn the playbook and get with them and let them teach me some things, watch what they do and become a better player by watching them."

Ellington figures to add depth to San Francisco's special teams return units. Although general manager Trent Baalke said the team had no "urgency" to replace LaMichael James as the primary return specialist in 2014.

Here's the scouting report on the South Carolina product courtesy of NFL.com:

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.