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Todd Gurley | Running Back

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/3/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 226

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva notes that the Rams "invested 77.7 percent of their 2015 draft class into running game and defense."
The analyst respects when teams "attack the draft with a concentrated purpose" in this way but is "skeptical that coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead emerged with enough good players, or enough 'value.'" Silva lauded St. Louis' Day 2 trade with Carolina, which parlayed the 41st pick into Nos. 57, 89, and 201, and also liked turning RB Zac Stacy into seventh-rounder ILB Bryce Hager. In any case, he graded the class as a "C" effort. ESPN's Mel Kiper gave it the same grade. "This was a fascinating draft class, but one that I thought had several reaches on value and didn't address a pair of needs," Kiper wrote. Neither scribe disagreed with using a top-10 pick on RB Todd Gurley. Mon, May 4, 2015 10:31:00 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that the timeline for St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley being ready is "week 2 of training camp," and he is a "candidate to start camp on the PUP list."

If the Rams are smart, they will bring the future stud along slowly. By the time the season stars, Gurley will only be nine months into rehab for his torn ACL.
Fri, May 1, 2015 02:01:00 PM

Rams selected Georgia RB Todd Gurley with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Gurley (6'1/222) was a dominant three-down back when healthy in the SEC, turning 510 career carries into 3,285 yards (6.44 YPC) and 36 TDs. He added 65 receptions and six more scores in the passing game. A truly special talent with elite tackle-breaking ability and home-run speed, Gurley is also one of the top pass-protecting backs in the 2015 class. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has likened Gurley's pure running ability to a cross between Marshawn Lynch and Steven Jackson in their primes. Gurley's lone red flag is durability; he missed three games with a high ankle sprain in 2013, and tore his ACL last November. Once cleared to play, he'll put Tre Mason on the back burner and assume feature back duties for Jeff Fisher.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 09:14:00 PM

An anonymous NFL scout is concerned about Georgia RB Todd Gurley lasting in the league and compared him to Adrian Peterson and Walter Payton as "very violent and aggressive as a runner."

"You start comparing him to Bo (Jackson) and Herschel (Walker) and Adrian (Peterson), that's when you know you're dealing with a special player," said another scout. "Physically, this dude can do everything. He's my favorite player in the draft. He's a football all-day guy." Gurley ran 510 times for 3,285 yards in college. "You start comparing him to Bo (Jackson) and Herschel (Walker) and Adrian (Peterson), that's when you know you're dealing with a special player," said one scout. "Physically, this dude can do everything. He's my favorite player in the draft. He's a football all-day guy." The Bulldog back will reportedly go anywhere from the Jets at No. 6 to the Dolphins at No. 16. "Gurley's different than Marshawn (Lynch)," a veteran scout said. "More explosive than Eddie George. Fred Taylor wasn't as explosive, either. Probably better than Steven Jackson. I don't think he's better than Bo Jackson."
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 01:56:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Dolphins "will quickly swipe up" Georgia RB Todd Gurley if he makes it to the No. 14 pick.

Don't count on that happening. Gurley has been discussed as a possibility for the Jets at No. 6, the Bears at No. 7 and the Browns at No. 12. The Jaguars also have stealthy interest and could attempt to trade down from the No. 3 pick to grab him several slots later.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley "would nicely complement the Cardinals' downfield passing attack," and would be the best fit at No.24 for Arizona, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"His ability to churn out the tough yards inside, break big gainers and haul in passes out of the backfield would nicely complement the Cardinals' downfield passing attack," Rang wrote. Although Gurley is still recovering from a torn ACL, the Georgia prospect has a good shot to be ready for the season. With a positive medical check on his knee, Gurley may be off the board by the time the Cardinals select. Arizona may have to move up inside the top 15, if they want to land his services.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 02:49:00 PM

College Football Focus' Elusive Rating ranked Georgia RB Todd Gurley as easily the top back in the class.

The metric, according to CFF, "attempts to measure the success of a running back beyond his blockers by taking missed tackles forced and yards after contact into account against the player’s total touches." Perhaps more newsworthy is that Josh Robinson finished No. 2. Gurley had a stupid 37 forced missed tackles on 117 rushes against Power 5 teams.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley "is a top-10 player on my board and one of the most talented players in this draft -- though concerns about his durability and positional value could cause him to slide down the board a little bit," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay, it should be noted, is not predicting a slide. In fact, in his most recent mock draft (published Wednesday), McShay has Gurley going No. 6 to the Jets. The analyst ranks Gurley No. 9 overall in the class. "His best quality is as a north-south power runner, so the ideal system fit might be a power O scheme," McShay wrote. "However, he also has very good vision and excellent speed for his size, so he's scheme-versatile. He can be a big-time contributor in the passing game, which makes him a three-down back."
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 08:31:00 PM

"Word on the street" has Georgia RB Todd Gurley going in the top 10, reports Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson.

We have to mention that Robinson hedged a bit on his own report, beginning with the word "supposedly" when writing that Gurley is now expected to go in the 6-10 range. As always, we don't question these rumors, but you have to wonder about the motivation of the sources passing them along. Was Robinson speaking to an official of the Jets or Falcons (Nos. 6 and 8, respectively)? Was he speaking to a team just outside of the top 10 that is hoping an edge rusher will unexpectedly fall down the board? Who knows. We can pass along that Todd McShay's newest mock draft has the Jets taking Gurley at No. 6. The reports together -- along with reports that the Falcons are very interested -- certainly give validity to Robinson's reporting. Gurley was cleared at his medical recheck in Indianapolis.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 07:25:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that he heard from one NFL team that Georgia RB Todd Gurley "received two thumbs up from their trainers and doctor" following his medical re-check in Indy.

The Georgia prospect couldn't receive better news. Gurley's draft stock was riding on his check up, and this should solidify his first round chances. Gurley will most likely break the two year drought, and should be the first running back off the board in the first round.
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley will visit the Patriots this week.

New England picks at No. 32 overall, a half-round behind where Gurley is expected to be taken, though it's not out of the realm of possibility that Gurley slides due to his knee injury or that the Patriots attempt to make a play up the board to acquire him. Gurley's medical re-check of his ACL went well, mitigating the effect of the injury on his evaluation.
Source: CSN NE
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 05:28:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks the Vikings could take Georgia RB Todd Gurley in Round 1 if they trade Adrian Peterson prior to the draft.

"If you lose a running back, I'm going to go ahead and replace him with a running back in Todd Gurley," Jeremiah said. "He is a special talent and one of the best running backs we've seen come into the league in quite some time. I'd take him right here at No. 11 and plug him in to watch him and Teddy Bridgewater grow on offense together as the future of this football team." Jeremiah ranks Gurley No. 12 player overall, right around the Vikings' No. 11 pick. Jeremiah sees Minnesota drafting offense in that slot even if they don't take a runner. "DeVante Parker and you are making high fives with that selection," he said. "Reunites him with Teddy Bridgewater and you saw how effective they were together (at Louisville)."
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 06:57:00 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley's medical re-check on his ACL "checked out fine," according to Ian Rapoport.

Gurley is "viewed as good to go for the draft," Rapoport tweeted, adding the hope is for the running back to return for training camp. Do not think this vaults Gurley up, as teams likely prepared for clearance on the ACL. We are comfortable in saying Gurley is locked in the first round?
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 10:25:00 AM

The Dolphins have been doing "a lot of research" on Georgia RB Todd Gurley, reports the Miami Herald.

The Fins are "unquestionably intrigued" by Gurley, writes beat reporter Barry Jackson. This is where things get interesting. The Dolphins own the No. 14 overall pick and there's roughly a 50-50 shot that Gurley will be available when they get on the clock. If he is, will Miami eschew bigger needs elsewhere to tab a big name and a force of a running back talent? Or will they hold off until Day 2 or 3 to grab one of this class' many talented backs available at a discounted price?
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:07:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah says it's more likely that Georgia RB Todd Gurley goes in the top 10 than that he goes at the end of Round 1.

"I think he's more likely to go in the top 10 than he is to go in the bottom 10 of the first round," Jeremiah said. "More likely he's going to go in that 10 to pick 22. I have very little doubt he's going to be a first-round pick, it's just a matter of how high he'll go." Gurley (No. 13 on Jeremiah's board) and Melvin Gordon (No. 14) have both been invited to Chicago for the draft, as strong an indication as any that a player is first-round bound. "He's a special player," Jeremiah said of Gurley.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 08:20:00 PM