Weight: 199 pounds
Drafted By: Arizona Cardinals (6th round, 187th overall)
40 Yard Dash: 4.52
Bench Press: DNP
Vertical Jump: 34″
Broad Jump: 122″
Scouting Report/Player Notes
Ellington is one of the top running back prospects in the draft, and he combines speed with quickness and elusiveness. Despite the fact that Clemson has had a ton of top tier backs in the fold, Ellington has managed to be extremely productive even dating back to his freshman season. He had his first 1,000 yard season as a junior where he also rushed for 11 touchdowns. He also has good value as a receiver and return specialist. One player you could compare him to that’s already in the NFL would be Chris Johnson, though I don’t know that he’s quite that fast. Not an especially threatening runner on the inside, but when he gets outside he is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. He has great quickness to the hole and runs with an edge. Really solid balance and vision, and looks like the kind of back that can carry a decent load at the NFL level as a team’s featured back, similar to former Clemson back C.J. Spiller. A little on the smaller side, so he won’t be breaking a ton of tackles, but you’ll draft him with the hope that he runs around most tackles rather than trying to run through them.
Career Highlights (via Clemson athletics site)
Had 3,436 yards on 621 carries and 33 touchdowns, 59 receptions for 505 yards and two touchdowns, three yards on one punt return, and 642 yards on 26 kickoff returns and one touchdown in 1,808 snaps over 49 games (33 starts) in his career … third in school history rushing touchdowns, third in all-purpose yards (4,586), tied for third in 100-yard rushing games (12), fourth in rushing yards, fourth in carries, fourth in touchdowns (36), and sixth in yards per carry (5.53) … reached 1,000 career rushing yards in just 151 carries, the second-fewest carries needed to reach 1,000 yards in Clemson history; only C.J. Spiller (142) was better … had two 1,000-yard rushing seasons (2011,12) to become just the third running back in school history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in two different seasons (Raymond Priester (1994-97) and James Davis (2005-08) are the others) … two-time All-ACC selection (media).
Video Highlights (via YouTube)