On Friday, Bruce Ellington said, “I’m going to run fast.”
On Sunday, he did, although not quite as fast as it first seemed. The former South Carolina wide receiver turned a lot of heads early in the day when he clocked an unofficial 4.31 40-yard dash. It was a surprisingly brisk pace and faster than noted speedster Sammy Watkins, who ran an unofficial 4.34.
Later in the day, when the official numbers were released, Ellington’s time had been revised to 4.45, the fastest of the day and slower than Watkins, who ran a 4.43 officially.
Still, it was a good day for Ellington, who performed well in the wide receiver drills.
Former Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw was the third-fastest quarterback at the combine. Shaw ran an official 4.66, which was behind only Logan Thomas (4.61) and Stephen Morris (4.63).
Red flags? NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is not convinced Jadeveon Clowney will be selected in the top five picks of the draft, he said on the network Saturday. Mayock has Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack graded ahead of Clowney, partially due to questions about Clowney’s work ethic.
“I think there are red flags there,” Mayock said on the network’s broadcast.
Early enrollees. Ellington, Victor Hampton, Kelcy Quarles and Jadeveon Clowney talked “a lot” prior to their decisions to leave South Carolina one year early, Hampton said.
“We just all felt we were ready,” he said. “We had the highest-ranked finish ever at South Carolina. We feel like we did a lot for the school. We wanted to complete our dream. Coach (Steve) Spurrier has always been supportive. He feels like if you have a first-, second-, third-round grade, you should take your step and definitely consider going, but if you’re not a guy in those types of rounds then maybe you should consider staying.”