Cards Prospect Q&A: Speedy Slot Receiver

Arizona recently reached a deal with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; it wasn't as successful with Bryant Johnson. As such, the Cardinals are in the market for a new slot receiver. Scout.com's Eric Hartz confirms the Cardinals are interested in one potential undrafted free agent and catches up with this player for an exclusive interview.

Wide receiver/kick returner Tommy Ellingworth (5'10", 186 pounds) lists the Cardinals as one of the six teams to show the most interest in him. Ellingworth is coming off a stellar senior season at Augustana College, a Division II school in South Dakota, where he registered 65 receptions for 728 yards and four touchdowns, earning second-team All-NCC honors.

He also had five punt returns for 40 yards and two kickoff returns for 37 yards.

"I'm a receiver and play the slot, but I've had a lot of success in the return game all through college, either kick or punt return, or even carrying the ball on rushes," Ellingworth said.

He ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, one of the best times among this year's draft prospects. He is a multi-faceted athlete, having been a receiver, return specialist, track sprinter and hurdler in college. Ellingworth is putting the focus on these selling points.


WR Tommy Ellingworth
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"I'm a two-for-one," he said. "You're not just getting a returner, you're not just getting a receiver. I can get in the backfield, run routes, return punts and kicks. It's kind of a package deal when it comes to me. I can do a lot of good things and I actually pride myself on my blocking, too."

Ellingworth does not have ideal size and may struggle to escape press coverage at the pro level. He also endured a slight back injury during his senior year, which slowed him down some. Nonetheless, his greatest obstacle has been exposure.

Having attended a smaller school in a lower division, it has been difficult for Ellingworth to garner attention from pro scouts. He does not expect to be taken in the draft, but hopes for a call afterward.

"We're looking at getting picked up afterwards, hopefully getting an invite to a mini or rookie camp," he said.

Ellingworth has lightning speed, and would be an incredible asset for the Cardinals offense. He could take the place of Bryant Johnson, who signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Ellingworth is dedicated to his team and eager to prove that he can hack it at the next level. He believes that just having the opportunity to show what he can do is paramount. He is not well known, and getting his name and statistics out there has been no easy task.

Getting noticed by teams like the Cardinals is a good start.

"Getting a chance is the biggest deal now," he said. "Then, once I get in somewhere, it will be all up to me and I can show teams what I can do. Hopefully, I get a chance."


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