Niners draft USC’s Ellington; four Tigers taken Saturday

uscfoot-23San Francisco running back Marcus Lattimore and fellow former Gamecock Bruce Ellington probably thought they had played their final football game together on that fateful fall day in 2012 when Lattimore suffered a season-ending knee injury.

But now the pair of South Carolina stars will be reunited in San Francisco after the 49ers made Ellington their fourth-round draft pick on Saturday. The receiver/back went 106th overall to the Niners for a reunion with his former and future teammate.

Ellington’s selection was part of a sudden surge of Palmetto State players to be selected Saturday. After USC’s Jadeveon Clowney went first overall to Houston and Clemson’s Sammy Watkins went fourth to Buffalo, the two schools hit a bit of a slump until Saturday.

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas went in the third round to San Fran, continuing the South Carolina-to-northern California theme. In the fourth round, Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland went 102nd to Washington and wide receiver Martavis Bryant went 118th to Pittsburgh.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was selected in the seventh round by the New York Jets.

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