49ers select WR Bruce Ellington with first fourth-round pick

49ers select WR Bruce Ellington with first fourth-round pick
May 10, 2014, 9:00 am
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Bruce Ellington was a two-sport athlete, playing basketball and football, and ran a 4.45 40-time at the Combine. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers selected a speedy wide receiver with their first selection of Saturday. The 49ers picked Bruce Ellington of South Carolina in the fourth round at No. 106.

Bruce Ellington
Wide receiver
South Carolina
5 foot 9 3/8
197 pounds
Selection: Fourth round, No. 106 overall 

Chosen ahead of . . . CB Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma), CB Keith McGill (Utah), WR Martavis Bryant (Clemson), LB Carl Bradford, CB Pierre Desir (Lindenwood).

College career: Ellington averaged 15.0 yards per reception over three college years. Last season, he caught 49 passes for 775 yards and eight touchdowns. He returned kickoffs in his first two seasons. Last year, he returned only three punts. He played three full seasons of college basketball, too.

Scouting report: “Ellington doesn’t play hesitant, displaying natural burst and smooth acceleration that makes him dangerous as a ballcarrier. As a two-sport athlete in college, he still has quite a bit of growing to do on the football field, especially with his route running and finishing toughness in contested situations. Ellington isn’t yet a finished product and will need time, but has the athletic traits, work ethic and football character that leads you to believe he can be an impact NFL player – solid top-100 prospect.” -- NFLDraftScout.com

How he fits: He ran an official time of 4.45 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, which makes him the fastest wideout on the 49ers’ roster. He is best-suited as a slot receiver. Playing time will be difficult to earn as a rookie, as he’ll have to beat out Steve Johnson, Quinton Patton and Brandon Lloyd to get on the field as the No. 3 receiver along with Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.