SI dubs versatile Cardinals' rookie Andre Ellington as future NFL superstar

'The sixth-round rookie has sensational lateral agility, soft hands and good stop-start speed'

Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) cuts past Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (29) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) cuts past Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (29) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Sometimes an NFL team strikes gold with a sixth-round draft pick.

Andre Ellington is making the Arizona Cardinals look like geniuses, with a multi-faceted game that includes impressive skills as a receiver - a part of his game that he worked hard on during his time at Clemson.

In an analysis of the Cardinals earlier this week, Sports Illustrated tabbed Ellington as a "future superstar."

"The sixth-round rookie has sensational lateral agility, soft hands and good stop-start speed," wrote the editors. "(Cardinals coach Bruce) Arians consistently has created matchup problems by using the future superstar at wide and slot receiver, where Ellington’s route running is pristine. His backfield touches also have been diverse, with a variety of screens, draws, tosses and straight handoffs."

Ellington is coming off a game in which he led the Cardinals in both rushing and receiving, totaling more than 150 yards, in an overtime win over Tennessee.

For the season, Ellington had rushed 94 times for 558 yards - a 5.9 average that leads NFL running backs. As a receiver, he ranks fourth on the team in receptions for 34, for 351 yards.

In NFL games last weekend:

Byron Maxwell had a pair of interceptions for the Seahawks in their 23-0 victory over the New York Giants.

Marcus Gilchrist made six solo tackles, including a quarterback sack, and broke up a pass for San Diego in the Chargers' 27-20 victory over Denver.

Jarvis Jenkins made three stops, including a shared sack, in Washington's 27-26 loss to Atlanta. Malliciah Goodman had a quarterback hit for the Falcons.

DeAndre Hopkins had three receptions for 52 yards and a game-high 17.3 average in Texas' 25-3 loss to Indianapolis. Kavell Conner had four solo tackles for the Colts.

C.J. Spiller rushed 13 times for 67 yards and caught a pass in Buffalo's 27-20 victory over Jacksonville. Andre Branch had five tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss, for the Jaguars.

Coty Sensabaugh had five tackles and a PBU in Tennessee's 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona.

Brandon Thompson had two tackles in Cincinnati's 30-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

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dirtybirdlover writes:

I believe Mallicah Goodman also had a fumble recovery for ATL!

TigerNE writes:

This is not Spiller's best year. Playing for a team as mediocre as Buffalo much longer may be detrimental to his career. Is he in a long term contract?

lhaselden writes:

Wow. these guys are playing well.... not surprised about the comments on Ellington... we noticed the same talents when he was at Clesmson....
Spiller is fine, the Bills need to throw to him more like the Cardinals are to Ellington.

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