CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that "there hasn't been a back" with Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley's "talent available the past two years."
In his Georgia preview, Rang became approximately the 1,000th analyst to compare Gurley to Seattle's Marshawn Lynch. "Like Lynch, Gurley is best known for simply bowling over defenders, but each back's success is also a testament to good vision, surprisingly light feet and balance to bounce off would-be tacklers," Rang wrote. "Gurley accelerates quickly when he has an opening, ruining angles from oncoming defenders and frequently grinding extra yardage after contact by falling forward. Gurley has soft, natural hands out of the backfield and is a willing, cognizant blocker in pass protection." Gurley couldn't stay healthy last year, making it doubly important for him to do so this year. If he can, there's a chance the 6-foot-1, 232-pound bruiser with top-notch speed could Beast Mode his way into the first round.