Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Another one

According to a paper called the West Central Tribune in a town called Willmar, Minn., (1) the Colts were one of four teams (2) to check out a wide receiver named Tommy Ellingworth. The kid (5101, 183, 4.42) put up some pretty good numbers in college, but the problem is that he put those numbers up while playing for Augustana. (3) As a senior, he caught 65-728-4, rushed 4-24-0, returned punts 5-50-0 and kicks 2-37-0. For his career, he caught 210-2,367-18, rushed 52-267-0, passed 5-3-51-1-0, returned punts 37-389-1 (a 10.51 average) and kicks 65-1,310-0 (a 20.15 average).

I have not seen him play, but from what I've read and heard, Ellingworth is a naturally elusive runner with soft hands and toughness. Still, I think an athlete of his caliber should have dominated at a D-2 school like Augustana. At this point, you'd have to consider him a priority free agent at best, who should be given a shot on return teams and a chance to become a slot receiver after a couple of years.

Don't be too surprised if he winds up in Indy for camp. According to the newspaper report, the Colts scouts put him through a more thorough workout than the guys from the other teams did.

1. Population 18,351. Sa-LOOT!
2. Also in attendance were reps from Green Bay, Washington and Atlanta.
3. This is the Augustana in North Dakota; not the one in Illinois, which gave the NFL an all-time great in Ken Anderson and recognizable names like Corbina Lacina and Bryan Schwartz. This Augustana, however, did produce John Simko, an "end" picked in the 18th (!) round of the 1961 draft by Pittsburgh. He never played for the Steelers — he was better at tennis anyway — but became a lawyer in 1968 and is now a U.S. magistrate judge.

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