Scouts' Combine Review: WRs and RBs
February, 24, 2014
By Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Michael ConroyBruce Ellington impressed scouts on Sunday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.Two receivers' workouts match their tape
While we've watched underclassmen tape, South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington has been one the more pleasant surprises.
One area that jumped out on his tape was his speed and ability to create separation from defenders. Ellington was able to confirm his play speed and explosiveness with a strong performance during the on-field testing on Sunday. He clocked in with a 4.45 40-yard dash while turning in the third-highest vertical jump (39½) of all the receivers while also matching the average of a 10-foot broad jump.
Ellington lacks prototypical size (5-foot-9 3/8, 197 pounds) and projects to work from the slot. That said, turning in a top-five short-shuttle of 3.95 and a three-cone time of 6.69 (tied for sixth overall), which tests quickness and agility, is another box checked in his evaluation. As for the drill portion of the workout, Ellington caught the ball well from what we were able to see and scouts we spoke with confirmed he had one of the better sets of hands out of the group. Ellington passed the test this weekend in Indianapolis and will have another spot to shine on April 2 in what should be a heavily attended pro day due to the high profile of his former teammate Jadeveon Clowney.
Clemson's Martavis Bryant is another receiver who helped himself Monday. Bryant opened eyes during weigh-ins, checking in at nearly 6-4 and 211 pounds with a long and athletic-looking frame. Bryant was able to carry that momentum into the workouts Monday, clocking in with a 4.42-second 40-yard dash (tied for fifth) while also turning in a 39-inch vertical jump (tied for sixth) and a 10-4 broad jump (tied for eighth).
Bryant dealt with a few focus drops throughout the season, and being more of straight-line receiver, he wasn't an ideal fit within the Clemson offense. However, he has an intriguing skill set that translates well and could bring strong return in the fringe Day 2 range for teams like the Ravens, Steelers, Lions and Panthers who are looking for a vertical threat to team up with a strong-armed quarterback.
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