|After rushing for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, Ellington was regarded as a potential first-round pick heading into the 2012 season. He showed why while gaining a career-high 228 yards on 25 carries in Clemson's 26-19 season-opening win at Auburn. However, that proved to be the highlight of Ellington's senior season. He still ran for a team-leading 1,081 yards and scored eight TDs, but only had two other games of at least 100 yards and three more with 20-plus carries while dealing with a nagging hamstring issue. A hamstring injury also forced Ellington to pull up and finish the 40-yard dash at the combine in an official time of 4.61 - much slower than the straight-line speed he's shown on the field. That injury kept him out of Clemson's pro day. Ellington enjoyed a solid collegiate career but shared backfield duties throughout his time at Clemson and does not appear to have the physical statue or strength to be a full-time starter in the NFL. However, he possesses good footwork and agility that could prompt NFL teams to utilize him has a change-of-pace back who thrives in the open field. Ellington probably won't be picked until the third round.