Don't underestimate the talent of Andre Ellington.
Running back Andre Ellington did not participate in Clemson's pro day on March 7.
According to the Associated Press via ABC Columbia, Ellington will have a workout later this month:
Clemson tailback Andre Ellington, who's twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards, did not take part because of a hamstring injury. He plans to hold his own workout for scouts March 29.
This is a good move by Ellington, because the last thing any prospect wants is to see their NFL draft stock decrease. And it's much more favorable to be safer and healthier when proceeding through any workout.
Ellington is also one of the better running backs in this draft class.
Although the position is not incredibly top-heavy compared to 2012, the guy has late second-round potential should he have a strong pro day before April kicks off. At the combine, he measured at 5'9", 199 pounds, which is decent for the position.
Factor in Ellington's college success and he clearly holds the talent to quickly transition into the NFL.
Combined between 2011 and 2012, he racked up 2,259 rushing yards and scored 19 times on the ground. In that same span, he averaged 5.2 yards per rush and displayed consistent balance and agility.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports tweeted this during the combine:
Andre Ellington first unofficial 40 time: 4.59. Didn't even run through the line. Love me some Ellington though.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) February 24, 2013
Despite some inconsistencies throughout the course of the campaign, though, it's the impact of Ellington in the backfield that allowed Clemson to score virtually at will. He's proven reliable as a receiver—59 receptions for 505 yards during his career—and also supplied the pass-blocking talent which allowed him to slip underneath the intermediate coverage when needed.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd was sacked just 62 times on 926 passing attempts over the past two seasons. So, the guy was brought down roughly once for every 15 attempts and the pass protection involves ball-carriers in addition to the offensive line.
Whether it's picking up delayed blitzes, helping on the edge or stepping into the front of the pocket, a quarterback has to get blocking from his running back.
And prior to February's event, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel tweeted:
Mike Mayock said Clemson RB Andre Ellington is the best blocking RB in the draft.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) February 18, 2013
Given that Ellington also lined up for a pass-oriented offense, his production is quite impressive.
He's even a decent option for pro teams on special teams, because he averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return.
In short, expect him to make a strong case for his draft status later this month.