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Old 01-03-2014, 11:58 AM   #201
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington to declare for NFL?

Again...the best any of us can do is thank Bruce for all he did for the Gamecocks during his time here, and wish him well in all his future endeavors, be they in the NFL or in the regular world. He will always be a part of Gamecock Nation.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:01 PM   #202
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington to declare for NFL?

Good luck to Bruce. I really think this is the right decision for him. He absolutely showed out in the Cap One Bowl and had a very solid season and career with USC. He deserves a chance to play in the NFL and I think he will be drafted in the top 4 rounds. He has very reliable hands, is a solid route runner, shifty, and has terrific awareness of where he is on the field. These traits make him a valuable pick as a WR.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:01 PM   #203
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington to declare for NFL?

I think what we are seeing is how well our coaches are recruiting. Bear with me for a moment as i type this out.

What you are seeing a lot of the time is players who have hit their draft grade ceiling. What I mean by this is that no matter what numbers that they put up the following year they are maxed out in their position in the draft. A lot of this comes down to the intangibles that the scouts can't look past. Height, size, 40 times, so on and so on.

Our coaches are taking the 2 stars and the 3 stars and turning them into NFL players. Captain is one that sticks out. He left early and went late in the draft. If he had stayed another year there is no way that he would have improved his stock. Vic Hampton may have been able to improve his stock or maybe he couldn't. He is another one of those that the intangibles hurt him.

Our coaches constantly take players and improve them beyond what anyone thought was possible. They find the players that are underated and undersized and turn them into SEC players and then they turn them into NFL players.
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington to declare for NFL?

The basketball team will miss his toughness on the court this year. But, he is NFL ready, doesn't need to prove anything else on the college level.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:08 PM   #205
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Bruce reminds me of Hines Ward (though Ward was 6'). Not very tall but great at everything and extremely dense at 5-9' 200.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:13 PM   #206
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He already has a degree why stay
To improve his draft stock. His stats are not all that impressive, and the WR class is loaded this year.
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Good luck Bruce. You made the right decision, go get your money.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:15 PM   #208
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To improve his draft stock. His stats are not all that impressive, and the WR class is loaded this year.
The Gamecocks aren't exactly a high octane offense. Alshon's stats took a dip his junior year.

I think he's as ready as he'll ever be. The Wisconsin game was a great showcase for him and he can definitely be used in an Ace Sanders type of way.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:18 PM   #210
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It's not a problem if they are locks to go in the first round or the second. We have a history of Juniors leaving that don't get drafted till the 4th round or later.
How is that a problem? It is their life and their own choice and their future.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:20 PM   #211
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington Declares For NFL Draft

I see him going high third or low fourth in the draft.
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington to declare for NFL?

Bruce's best shot at the NFL is right now. Good luck to him!
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:22 PM   #213
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington to declare for NFL?

He got his degree and I'm not sure that another year would improve his stock so....

He better ball out at the combine if he want to get into the top 4 rounds. Best of luck to Bruce.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:25 PM   #214
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington Declares For NFL Draft

for the basketball team it would have been good to have him around at practice to push everyone like coach martin mentioned, but its better long term and even this season that a guy like notice wont have his minutes eroded.
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Default Re: Bruce Ellington Declares For NFL Draft

Mistake in my book. I think he could benefit one more season. You won't see teams jumping at taking a slot receiver (what he will be in the NFL). Ace did it, but he has more speed and moves than Bruce. Bruce has phenominal hands and body control, but his height will hurt him. I think he is a GREAT receiver, but I think this is a bad move. I still wish him the best. Good Luck Bruce and thank you for all that you've done for us on the field and the court.
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So proud of Bruce and the way he carries himself, represents this state and the university, and last but not least, the way he plays the game. Good luck Bruce, I'm gonna miss you, but I see great things in your future!
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To improve his draft stock. His stats are not all that impressive, and the WR class is loaded this year.

My thoughts too
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:30 PM   #218
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I would love to see a breakdown of which teams put the most successful underclassmen in the NFL in the past 5 years. We'd have to be near the top of the list.
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Bruce's stats would be about the same next year. Really this is his best chance whether you think so or not.
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I would love to see a breakdown of which teams put the most successful underclassmen in the NFL in the past 5 years. We'd have to be near the top of the list.
This is the thing I'm excited about, assuming Bruce's name gets called on draft day. It's a sign of a strong program when you got so many guys go pro. Just look at the "Current Gamecocks in the NFL" thread. It's amazing how many we got in the league (compared to 10 years ago). And our coaches have shown no problem coaching up our guys. We'll be fine at WR next year and the years to come.

Good luck Bruce and go get paid!.
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