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Old 01-03-2014, 01:06 PM   #241
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I disagree. I think he has plenty of chemistry with Thompson. He did in the Clemson game last year. He would have been the leader on our offense. One more year like this one and he would be a household name. He is not that now.
Valid point but Thompson's favorite receiver is Jones.
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Anyone doing anything but wishing him the best and thanking him for his hard work and outstanding play is being selfish.
I am wishing him the best, but that would be for him to stay another year, and I am sure that is what our coaches told him since he is not a first or second round pick, and it is known that our policy is that we advise people to return unless they are a first or second round pick.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:09 PM   #243
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Good for the kid. He left everything on that field every game. Cheers for Bruuuuuuuuuuce.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:10 PM   #244
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Valid point but Thompson's favorite receiver is Jones.
Really? What about the game winner against Michigan? Who did he throw to then?
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:10 PM   #245
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I am wishing him the best, but that would be for him to stay another year, and I am sure that is what our coaches told him since he is not a first or second round pick, and it is known that our policy is that we advise people to return unless they are a first or second round pick.
I want to reiterate my post yesterday. He won't be a 1st/2nd round pick next year either. Not a knock on him at all, but he doesn't have those "measurables" that NFL teams look for in the first 2rds. 4th Rd at best this year and next year. Plus, he graduated in Dec.
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Congratulations to Bruce on his degree and hope he makes a good payday in the pros. He's a great gamecock and I've enjoyed watching him give his all.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:13 PM   #247
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Yeah because we've had several receivers step up this season, we'll be fine going forward with Ellington moving on. I remember the past seasons under Spurrier when we had perhaps one legit receiver and then after that wondered who'd step up: McKinley in '07 and '08, Alshon in '11. We'll have two legit deep threats next season in Byrd and Roland who have shown they can be go-to targets, plus a very good possession receiver in Jones. Plus Smith and Fuller will have opportunities to step up now: they can't use the excuse anymore that they don't know the playbook. Pharoh is a playmaker. And with the 3 receivers coming in of Davidson, Googer, and Samuel (supposedly another playmaker like Cooper), that's a lot of receiver talent. Let's go!
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He is going to have his degree this year or next. They can't take that away from him. My fear is he is going to be sitting at home, not playing wondering why he threw away his last year of eligibility. I really do think he can improve his stock. He played well enough, just didn't do it long enough. He was only starting to get a name for himself this year. He would have really shown his leadership qualities.

This is an NCAA rule I HATE by the way. The NCAA should have a process for rehabilitating eligibility of players for agents or any other violation made in anticipation of the NFL draft.
Absolutely agree w/ this.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #249
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I want to reiterate my post yesterday. He won't be a 1st/2nd round pick next year either. Not a knock on him at all, but he doesn't have those "measurables" that NFL teams look for in the first 2rds. 4th Rd at best this year and next year. Plus, he graduated in Dec.
Yep. This is correct. This was the exact same for Sanders
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:18 PM   #250
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I am wishing him the best, but that would be for him to stay another year, and I am sure that is what our coaches told him since he is not a first or second round pick, and it is known that our policy is that we advise people to return unless they are a first or second round pick.
I understand you're wishing him the best and want to see him maximize his potential. I want to see that, too. He will be missed because he's exciting and an excellent football player. But it's his decision and (like others on here) I don't know how much higher his stock could realistically get.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:19 PM   #251
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While I'm not sure this is the best move for him to make, I wish him all the best and hope he does well in the NFL. He should be proud of what he's accomplished at USC and I'm thankful for everything he did for both the football and basketball teams.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:27 PM   #252
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He graduated, so it's not like he's missing out on his education. I do wish he would return to improve draft stock though, being that the NFL is his true goal.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:46 PM   #253
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Not gonna be a great move when he goes undrafted. I appreciate everything he has done while here and I agree he doesn't owe the University anything else. But he'll be a 5th-6th round pick, at best.
It really doesn't matter if he goes undrafted because he will get picked up by an NFL team. The only guarantee being drafted in the late rounds gives you is a signing bonus and guarantee invite to a NFL training camp. He's going to be at a NFL training camp no matter what. He's got an excellent chance at making an NFL roster this year. So why not take the chance?

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To improve his draft stock. His stats are not all that impressive, and the WR class is loaded this year.
He's not going to improve his stock at all. He's not in the right offense, and he's not the right size. He's not incredibly fast, and he's not going to be used on special teams. Everything a man would need to improve his draft stock is simply not there for Bruce. However, like I've said in numerous post before - he is similar in size and speed to Danny Amendola, Wes Welker, and others who DID have the stats in college and still didn't get drafted. However they got signed as a FA pick up, and have been in the league quite a while now. The draft is awesome, but it's not a lifeline.

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I see him going high third or low fourth in the draft.
I see him going 5th round or later, with a strong possibility of undrafted. But it doesn't matter, he's going to be on an NFL roster come training camp. Someone out there could use a strong slot receiver.

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I figure its a mistake but he's been working hard this year, so if he keeps it up, who knows where he'll end up. He had some crazy circus catches this week so hopefully someone gives him a chance and he's able to make the most of it. Best of luck!
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Read that a while ago. I personally would be surprised if he got a top three round grade, but we never know.

I wish he would come back. Rarely do our skill players come back for their final year, but that's just me being selfish, I guess.
I wish he would come back too. But having the option to go pro early is a sign of a good college program!
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Good luck Bruce!

He'll get picked up. He has the ultimate intangible... brains. The man knows how to play and is clearly coachable. He will be a solid professional.
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Bruce was my favorite player on the team this year. He consistently gets wide the hell open, especially in the redzone. I figured he'd leave, I agree that he's maxed out his college ceiling, even if he goes 7th round (think Captain), there's nothing more he could really show to improve on that. Best of luck to Bruce, I'm just hoping he winds up in a good situation in the NFL and continues to kick ass.
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Good for Bruce. He is striking while the iron is hot. Hard to blame him for that. Wish him nothing but the best !!!
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I wish he would come back, but he needs to do what he feels is best for him. I'll gladly get behind whatever he chooses because he is smart enough to don on the Garnet and Black and give us a few years of great football. He has saved our butts on numerous occasions. If you are reading this Bruce, I say thank you!
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The University has now officially confirmed that Ellington is foregoing his final year and is announcing for the NFL draft. His FB and BB careers at USC are now done. Best wishes for the future, Bruce!


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