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Todd Gurley | Running Back

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (20) / 8/3/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 226

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An NFC personnel executive said he hasn't seen a back like Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "in a long time."
"I haven't seen a back like Gurley in a long time," said the executive. "He has such an impressive blend of speed and power. He competed in the 60-meter hurdles at Georgia and I think that has helped him with his leg drive." Gurley had "several Heisman-like moments" in Saturday's loss to South Carolina, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries (6.6 YPC). Wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis: "He's drawn favorable comparisons to some pretty good NFL backs, including Fred Taylor and Marshawn Lynch. Barring an injury, there's little doubt he'll break the two-year drought of running backs being taken in the first round of the draft." Sep 17 - 9:26 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "had several Heisman-like moments" in Saturday's loss to South Carolina, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Gurley rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries (6.6 YPC) in the 38-35 setback. "Gurley, who has drawn comparisons to Marshawn Lynch and Jamal Lewis from NFL scouts I've spoken to and was likened to Eddie George from CBS' Gary Danielson, showed off his remarkable combination of size (6-foot-1, 232 pounds), strength, acceleration and balance in this game," Rang wrote. "A fourth quarter run in which he was met prior to the line of scrimmage but broke four tackles to muster 9 yards was particularly Beast Mode-worthy." Gurley is looking like a good bet to snap a two-year drought of first-round running backs.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 14 - 4:14 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Saturday's 38-35 loss to South Carolina.

Gurley and his teammates alike started slow, but the star running back got going in the second half to nearly complete a big comeback. He's the consensus No. 1 running back in the class, and a decent bet, barring injury, to become the first running back to go in the first round in the last three years. Gurley has been compared to Hall of Famer Jim Brown, Adrian Peterson, Fred Taylor, Jamal Lewis and Eddie Lacy. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound bruiser possesses 4.43 speed.
Sep 13 - 10:21 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Georgia junior Todd Gurley "will have plenty of opportunities to soften up South Carolina's defense on an assortment of power runs."

"Given Georgia coach Mark Richt's desire to pummel opponents with a powerful running game that features a talented stable of backs, Gurley will have plenty of opportunities to soften up South Carolina's defense on an assortment of power runs," Brooks wrote. Against the Gamecocks last season, The 6-foot-1, 232 pound Gurley was a workhorse and set a career-high with 30 rushing attempts, with 132 yards on the ground and two scores, one rushing and one receiving.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 12 - 2:19 PM

Georgia junior Todd Gurley's early-season performance has "reinforced why many believe he will snap the two year drought of running backs drafted in the first round," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Gurley has a big matchup against South Carolina slated for this weekend. "He has legitimate top-20 talent for next spring's draft, but he needs to show he can stay healthy for a full season," Rang wrote. "Gurley's combination of power, speed and burst out of his cuts sets him apart along with his vision and feel, running inside or outside. Against the Gamecocks last season, Gurley was a workhorse and set a career-high with 30 rush attempts, finishing with 132 yards on the ground and two scores, one rushing and one receiving." Gurley (6-foot-1, 232 pounds) was recently compared to Hall of Famer Jim Brown by Fran Tarkenton.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 11 - 7:27 PM

One AFC executive told NFL media Georgia junior Todd Gurley is "in a different league" compared to other RB prospects.

The executive initially discussed TJ Yeldon, but ended up saying as much as he likes Yeldon, Gurley is in a tier of his own. We agree, as Gurley possesses ridiculous traits and frequently displays them. Rotoworld's Josh Norris places Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon III as the second runner in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 10 - 2:40 PM

Georgia coach Mark Richt believes junior RB Todd Gurley will turn pro after this season.

"I don't know what Gurley's going to do; it would probably be tough for a guy like him to stick around another year, quite frankly," Richt said on his radio show Monday night. "He's a very highly rated back and certainly is starting out having a big year." This isn't necessarily news, as there isn't a soul alive that expects Gurley to return (barring injury), and Richt himself hinted in June that he expected Gurley to turn pro. Gurley (6-foot-1, 232 pounds) was recently compared to Hall of Famer Jim Brown by fellow Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton.
Sep 9 - 6:18 PM

Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton said Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley could be as good as fellow Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

"I've never seen a running back dominate like he did," Tarkenton said in a radio interview. "I played against a guy named Jim Brown, the greatest running back that ever lived. There is no doubt about it. Todd Gurley can be as good as Jim Brown." When the host asked for clarification, Tarkenton repeated himself. Former Georgia great Herschel Walker said Gurley was the best back in college earlier this week. If you're looking for a more topical comparison, Gurley has received comps to a wide-ranging stable of stud backs including Adrian Peterson, Fred Taylor, Jamal Lewis and Eddie Lacy. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound bruiser possesses 4.43 speed.
Sep 4 - 3:33 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that sources in Athens are telling him Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley will declare for the draft after the season.

We have to post the news, but you can file this one under: Duh. Only a catastrophic injury could potentially prompt Gurley to return. The shelf lives of NFL running backs is simply too short, and Gurley's draft stock doesn't need much help. What will be more interesting to watch is which team decides it must have him. No running back has gone in the past two first rounds, but Gurley looks like a good bet to snap that streak.
Sep 3 - 8:04 PM

Of the five NFL executives Daniel Jeremiah polled, two compared Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley to Marshawn Lynch.

"Strong, powerful and has great vision. Both guys are intense runners. They are both very capable in the passing game," one executive who made the comparison said. Adrian Peterson, Fred Taylor and Jamal Lewis were also mentioned. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has also made the Lynch comparison along with Eddie Lacy.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 3 - 12:21 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley will be a first-round pick in the spring if he stays healthy this year, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes.

"He is built for the NFL with a muscle-bound, physical frame and although he is taller than ideal, Gurley naturally lowers his pads and squares his shoulders to attack the line of scrimmage and bounce off defenders," Brugler wrote. In Saturday's lopsided victory over Clemson, Gurley rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, adding a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD. "Gurley read the first line of attack very well and sensed daylight to hit holes with authority and quickness to stick-and-go, accelerating extremely well in his cuts," Brugler wrote. "If he shows durability, there is little question about Gurley landing among the first 20 picks."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 6:05 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "has momentum in draft circles," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline is lower on Gurley than most, giving him a Round 2 grade. Of course, that probably speaks more to the NFL's perception of running backs than it does to Gurley's potential as a player. That ability, we think, is above reproach. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound bruiser blows up defenders in the trenches, has commendable vision and patience, possesses explosive lateral cuts, and also has 4.43 speed to run past defensive backs. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Gurley is a borderline top 10 prospect overall.
Sep 2 - 5:26 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 carries in the school's 45-21 win over Clemson.

Gurley added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The bruising running back frequently had big alleys to run through, but he took advantage of them thanks to great vision, patience and speed. His lateral jump cuts are explosive and Gurley absolutely has the strength to be first contact. Do not be surprised if Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Gurley as a top 10 prospect overall.
Aug 30 - 9:18 PM

NFLDraftScout.com projects four running backs -- Todd Gurley (Georgia), Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin), Mike Davis (South Carolina) and T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) -- as possible first-round picks.

No running back has gone in the first round in the last two drafts. Quick! Name the last running back drafted in Round 1. Stumped? If you said David Wilson, step up and accept your prize of a free NFL Draft news blurb. Trent Richardson was a top-five selection in the 2012 draft, and Doug Martin and Wilson went with the last two picks in the first round in that class. The Browns regret taking Richardson, the Colts regret trading for him, Martin's career has been up and down, and Wilson has already retired due to injury. This, along with the realization that the pass should be used to set up the run and not vice-versa, is the reason the NFL doesn't devote valuable high draft picks to the position. Gurley and Gordon are good enough to change that, however.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 26 - 9:12 PM

NFL.com's draft analysts voted Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley as the fourth-best player in college football.

Daniel Jeremiah kicked off the discussion by cutting against the grain in making a Gurley comparison that didn't mention Marshawn Lynch. "He runs angry and reminds me of former Volunteer Jamal Lewis," he said. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound bruiser blasts defenders in the trenches, and also has 4.43 speed to out run defensive backs. "Powerful runner with the size, strength and vision to run roughshod over the SEC. Gurley could emerge as the Heisman Trophy front-runner early in the season," Bucky Brooks said. Added Chase Goodbread: "The word that comes to mind when Gurley runs the ball is fearless. He hits the hole between the tackles with a reckless, powerful style that lends itself to broken tackles."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 24 - 10:40 PM