The San Francisco 49ers continue inking their 2014 NFL Draft class with the signing of fourth-round pick (No. 106) WR/KR Bruce Ellington to a four-year deal. The former South Carolina Gamecock will be fighting for the No. 4 wide receiver position with last year’s fourth-round pick WR Quinton Patton and recently signed WR Brandon Lloyd. However, should Ellington be the No. 5 or No. 6 wide receiver look for him to still make a splash on special-teams.
Ellington has the elusive speed, vision, and cut-back ability to contribute in the return game. A job currently held by RB LaMichael James do not be surprised if the 49ers cut James in favor of Ellington. A younger and cheaper alternative, James may be expendable as the 49ers recently drafted second-round pick (No. 57) RB Carlos Hyde.
With Ellington likely getting a hard look as the primary return man on both punts and kickoffs, that will likely be his role in 2014 as the 49ers look to make another Super Bowl run while ending their Quest for Six.