Andre Ellington Scouting Report
Andre Ellington - Clemson (HT: 5-10 - WT: 180)
Positives -- Extremely fast, has instant acceleration, really gets up field in a hurry... Can go the distance any time he touches the football... Elusive in the open field... Improving as a runner between the tackles, does a good job fighting through arm tackles... Great vision, one of the better cut-back runners
in this class... Returns kickoffs and can be a dynamic special teams player in the pros... Has a high upside with his explosion and big play ability... Great athlete, has a 35.5" vertical leap... Clemson has recently put James Davis, C.J. Spiller and Jamie Harper into the NFL.
Negatives -- Small for an NFL running back... Not a great receiver, hands are very inconsistent... Doesn't drive his legs well, can be pushed backwards... Lacks power when he's running, gets drug down far too easily... Raw in pass coverage, tears at jerseys, needs to be coached on technique... Suffered a couple lingering injuries over the past two years, never seems to be fully healthy... Has never been a workhorse, always shared the Clemson backfield... Never broke out like many expected, his yards-per-carry dropped every year he's been at Clemson... Production really tailed off at the end of his junior year.
Combine Results
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At Clemson -- (Official School Bio) Has 1,177 yards on 186 carries and 14 touchdowns, 23 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown, and 333 yards on 13 kickoff returns and a touchdown in 23 games (seven starts) in his career... 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... has a 6.3-yard-per-carry figure in his career, best in history among Tigers with at least 1,000 rushing yards... has 16 career touchdowns... 2011 Maxwell Award Watch List member in the preseason... 2011 Paul Hornung Award Watch List member in the preseason... 2011 Doak Walker Watch List member in the preseason... 2011 CFPA Running Back Trophy Watch List member and Kick Returner Trophy Watch List member in the preseason... preseason first-team All-ACC by Sporting News... preseason second-team All-ACC by Athlon and Phil Steele... #17 draft-eligible running back in the nation by Phil Steele... first on the team in power index (7.52)... tied for fourth on the team in vertical jump (35.5"). 2010: Second-team All-ACC by third-team All-ACC by Phil Steele... had 686 yards on 118 carries and 10 touchdowns, 12 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, and 238 yards on seven kickoff returns and a touchdown in 262 snaps over nine games (six starts)... had four 100-yard rushing games... tied for third in the ACC in touchdowns (12) even though he really only played less than eight games... averaged 114.8 all-purpose yards per game... if he had played enough games to qualify, he would have been third in the ACC in rushing yards per game (76.2)... averaged 34.0 yards per kickoff return, but he did not have enough returns to qualify for the ACC leaders in that category... team offensive player-of-the-game three times (Auburn, Miami (FL), Georgia Tech).