COLUMBIA - Jadeveon Clowney wasn't the only former South Carolina player who had a high-profile workout with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.
Former teammate and Gamecocks receiver Bruce Ellington held his own workout with the Falcons in Columbia. Ellington, a Moncks Corner native, mostly ran routes Friday. He also spoke with members of the Falcons' front office, including general manager Thomas Dimitroff and several coaches.
"He had a tremendous workout today," agent Tory Dandy said. "They definitely speak very highly of him. He felt very good about the workout."
Ellington, once projected as a potential mid-round selection, has swiftly moved up draft boards in recent weeks. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Wednesday he expects Ellington to be a second-round draft choice. It's highly unlikely Ellington would fall past the third round.
"I like him athletically," Kiper said. "You know about the basketball background, and how quick he is. He's a threat, and he's a fear factor player who's going to be, I think, a second-round draft choice. . He has climbed."
The Falcons are one of several teams that have watched Ellington work out, Dandy said. Other than the Falcons, teams that have shown the most interest include the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. All five will draft in the second round.
Kiper mentioned the Oakland Raiders (36th pick), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38th), Jacksonville Jaguars (39th), New York Giants (43rd), Detroit Lions (45th), Baltimore Ravens (48th) and New York Jets (49th) as potential second-round destinations for Ellington. In his latest mock draft, Kiper had the Ravens drafting Ellington in the second round.
Ellington caught 49 passes for 775 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior last season. He entered the draft with one year of football eligibility remaining, capitalizing on his breakout performance in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding a touchdown pass in South Carolina's 34-24 win against Wisconsin.