After reading this article I am more certain than ever that Ellington is the best small WR prospect in this draft.
Note these points of emphasis: "Despite playing two time-consuming college sports, he graduated in three-and-a-half years!"
"Ellington lacks great size at 5093 – 197, but he is an excellent athlete. He may have had the best overall receiver workout at the Combine, running 4.45, with jumps of 39.5 and 10’ and a 6.69 three-cone. He also did 15 reps of 225.
While not tall, he has long arms and is well built. His lower body is thick and muscular. He looks more like a running back than a receiver."
"Ellington is very quick off the line. He easily avoids or fights through jams and gets into his routes quickly."
"He is effective as both a short and long receiver, and with his top run skills, he can consistently turn a short reception into a long gain. As a kick returner, he shows top instincts and doesn’t dance.
When you factor in that Ellington has only played two years of college football and never really devoted all his time to the sport, you have to say he has unlimited potential. He still has to develop his route running skills, but he can be a special player in time. I see him more as a role player his rookie year who will gain playtime as he learns. He should be a starter in the slot by year two. He will also be a very effective return man."
If that doesn't sound like the next Steve Smith, what does? The only problem is that he lacks Smith's 4.39 speed in the 40 yard dash ... Ellington is more of a 4.45 guy.
Yes, I know that this post also talks up another favorite WR of Panther fans. But I would be THRILLED if Ellington was the guy!