Weight: 190 pounds
Position: Running Back
In his time with the Clemson Tigers Andre Ellington managed to accumulate 3,436 rushing yards, 33 rushing touchdowns, 505 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. In 2012 his 212 rushing attempts were the most in the ACC and 1,081 rushing yards was good for second in the ACC.
One of Ellington’s strengths is that he is good with his hands, catching balls well in the screen play and when quarterback Tajh Boyd needed to get rid of the ball quickly. Another of Ellington’s strengths is his being extremely focused. Ellington stays aware of where he is on the field, waits for his blockers, and finds a hole and gets through it quickly. Lastly, Ellington is good at keeping his legs moving and fights for extra yards which makes tackling him difficult.
There will be an adjustment factor for Ellington when he plays in the NFL. No matter what team drafts Ellington, he will find more competition for the starting job and he will experience better defenses then he usually saw playing in the ACC. To that same point it is worth mentioning that in 2012 Ellington suffered against better teams having a stat line of 177 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 77 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in Clemson’s three games against Florida State, South Carolina and LSU.
Ellington had a disappointing 4.61 40-yard dash time at the combine and that seemingly lack of speed along with his small body size may cause teams to question his speed and quickness.
NFL Landing Spots:
Despite his great ability and successes at Clemson, Ellington probably will not be drafted as a starting running back but will have the chance to prove he is worthy of starting for an NFL team. With that being said I see Ellington being a potentially good fit with the Denver Broncos, Green Bay, Miami, Pittsburgh or St. Louis.
Ellington is a decent back but with other positions likely to be more important in this year’s draft and because of Ellington’s size I would not be surprised if he was not drafted until the third or fourth round.
A player that Ellington compares well too is former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn. Dunn was around the same height and weight as Ellington, and like Ellington was a tough player who fought for every yard and every touchdown.