Bruce Ellington Excited To Be A 49ers Wide Receiver
San Francisco 49ers draft pick Bruce Ellington spoke to the media Saturday.
Did you have much contact with the 49ers leading up to this?
I talked to them at the Combine, but not much after that.
What have they told you about how you can fit in here?
They just told me to come in and be ready to compete. I think Im going to be ready to do that. I love to compete. So, Im just going to come in and do what they ask me to do and play hard and just come in ready to work.
What do you think of the guys youre going to be surrounded with? Obviously WR Michael Crabtree, WR Anquan Boldin, they just picked up WR Stevie Johnson, WR Brandon Lloyds here, WR Quinton Patton. What do you know about those guys?
Theyre just going to help me get better because I know those guys can play, and Im just going to learn from them. Learn the playbook, get with them and let them teach me some things, watch what they do and just become a better player by watching them.
How much experience do you have returning punts?
I have a little bit of experience doing it. I did it in college. I did it a little bit in high school. So, Im going to be comfortable doing it. Im ready to come in and do whatever the coaches ask me to do, kick return, punt return, kickoff, punt, whatever it is Im going to be ready to do.
Just looking at the stats, it looked like youd only returned three punts in your college career. Is that accurate?
Yes, sir. Thats accurate. [South Carolina WR] Ace Sanders, he was our punt returner when I was playing there. So, you know how he is at that punt returner. Hes real good at it. So, I was a backup.
Are you comfortable handling punts?
At what point in your college career did you decide, Im going to be a football player and not a basketball player? And was that difficult for you? Was basketball your first love in terms of sports?
I feel it was pretty difficult because I just love to compete and I love playing both sports. Leaving one is different, but I think that football is what I want to do. Its what I feel that comfortable doing. And Id say about my second year coming in playing football, I finally realized that football is what I wanted to do. So, I took advantage of it and think I did pretty good.
How does being a point guard help you at receiver?
It has helped me. You want to compete. You want to be the best player on the court. You want to lead, help lead and just want to be a team player. Because being the point guard, youve got to lead everybody thats around you. So, I think thats going to help a lot when I get to the NFL.
What about the vision aspect of it? Is that helpful at playing receiver?
It helps a lot. Im a small guy. So, going up against in basketball these 69 guys, 68 guys, it helps you to see all the people around you talking, the vision part is good playing basketball.
Did you get a chance to watch a lot of your cousins games against the 49ers last year?
Yes, sir. I got to watch a little bit of it.
And what were your impressions of the 49ers from what you saw on TV?
I love the 49ers. Theyre a great team. Im just ready to come in and help build the program even better than what it is now.
Whats your relationship with RB Marcus Lattimore like?
Its good. Marcus is a team player and while I was there, he was kind of one of the guys who came to me and told me to come out and play football, come out and help the team. So, we have a good relationship. Its going to make it even better when I get up there.
Was CB Chris Culliver there at all? Did you guys cross paths when he was at South Carolina? Or was he gone before you got there?
He was there my freshman year and I got a chance to work out with him a couple times.
Did you burn him in practices?
I actually didnt get to go against him in practice.
Because youve split your time between two sports, do you feel like youve got a lot of growth potential as a football player?
Yes, sir. I feel like I have a lot of growth. Because Ive only played for three years, so I feel like theres a lot more things that I can put in my game and become a better player.
When you say you only played it for three years, you played in high school though, right?
I played quarterback in high school. I played quarterback, running back and DB.
Source: San Francisco 49ers Media