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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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NFL Films' Greg Cosell called Georgia RB Todd Gurley "the best back in the draft."
"I like Gurley more (than Melvin Gordon)," Cosell said. "Gurley, to me, has elements of Steven Jackson in his prime and Marshawn Lynch. He's that kind of runner. He's got an excellent combination of size, power, short-area quickness and burst, and top-end acceleration. I like Gurley a lot. And he looks like an NFL foundation back. I think he can be the starting point of an NFL offense." You already know we're on the same page, as perhaps no analyst or news organization is as high on Gurley as Rotoworld, which ranks the 20-year-old No. 5 overall. "A complete back who can be the foundation of an offense," wrote lead site draft analyst Josh Norris. "Will pick up the yards blocked for him and also create on his own, both after contact and beating defenders' angles. Agility to weave between lanes without wasted movement is a plus. Comfortable as a receiver on screens with patience to make most of blocks." Mar 4 - 11:16 PM

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NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes that teams are willing to gamble on Georgia RB Todd Gurley's "talent and potential despite his lengthy recovery from a serious knee injury."

"It is uncommon for a big back to display explosive pitter-pat in the hole while also flashing strong hands and superb ball skills. As a result, teams are willing to gamble on Gurley's talent and potential despite his lengthy recovery from a serious knee injury -- if he gets a positive review at the combine recheck. That could alleviate concerns about his availability in 2015," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Gurley is an intriguing prospect, who brings an amazing combination of size, speed, and physicality to the table. If teams like what they see in his medical report, Gurley should hear his name called in the back end of the first-round.
Mar 2 - 4:21 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Georgia RB Todd Gurley is "a top-10 talent, but he could easily go outside the first round because there's a lot of backs in this draft."

"You're talking about a running back that you will never see run (the 40)," said the scout. "You know he's fast. You see it on film. The second combine (medical) recheck will be very important for him." The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder suffered a torn ACL on Nov. 15, but might be ready by Week 1. "That guy is good," said another scout. "He's a man among boys. If you're a deep team why wouldn't you take a bona fide Pro Bowl back and just shelve him?" Not a bad idea. Gurley won't even turn 21 until August.
Mar 1 - 11:29 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Georgia RB Todd Gurley going to the Seattle Seahawks at No.31, and believes he could be "Marshawn Lynch's understudy or replacement."

"Pete Carroll could fall in love with the prospect of adding Gurley to the Seahawks' backfield as Marshawn Lynch's understudy or replacement," Brooks wrote. The Georgia prospect is currently recovering from ACL surgery, and when he's back to 100 percent, he offers the Seahawks a physical three-down back to take the thrown. If the Seahawks' brass can't sign Lynch or if he retires, the Georgia prospect could potentially ease the pain of losing Lynch.
Feb 27 - 2:42 PM

Dr. James Andrews, who performed Georgia RB Todd Gurley's ACL surgery, said the ball carrier is six weeks ahead of schedule.

"I mean, they're smart enough to know you can't have 32 teams pulling and tugging on a knee just 3½ months removed from surgery," Andrews said of keeping Gurley out of Combine medical examinations. One team doctor put a timetable of nine months on the injury, so Gurley should "fully play the game" around the time preseason camps are underway.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:00 AM

NFL teams aren't concerned by Todd Gurley's refusal to let Combine doctors examine his surgically repaired knee, reports's Bryan Broaddus.

NFL teams "are good" with Gurley, and there are "no issues," reported Broaddus, a former pro personnel man. The scribe noted it's common for healing knees to get pulled or twisted during combine checkups. "Teams understand this and are okay [with Gurley's decision]," Broaddus tweeted. Mike Silver added that Gurley's surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, "did not want 32 teams poking and prodding his surgically repaired knee." The star runner will return to Indianapolis in April for an examination.
Feb 20 - 7:07 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley refused Combine medical examinations on his knee, according to Mike Silver.

"I am told that it is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a player not to allow doctors to examine him at combine, as Gurley did," Silver tweeted. Tony Pauline noted earlier on Friday that Rutgers Tyler Kroft had an ankle injury aggravated by the Combine doctors and a similar situation occurred with Dan Connor. Teams will almost certainly check Gurley's surgically repaired knee at some point in the process.
Feb 20 - 11:52 AM

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim said this year's RB class has "a couple... at the top [who] have a chance to be special."

He didn't name names, but you can bet Keim was talking about Georgia's Todd Gurley and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon. "I know over the years we've talked about devaluing running backs," Keim said. "At the end of the day, you have to have a few guys who can carry the load. This year, I think a couple of those running backs at the top have a chance to be special." NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock grades eight running backs third-round or better, while colleague Daniel Jeremiah ranks Gordon 11th overall and Gurley 13th.
Feb 19 - 6:08 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley arrived at the Combine weighing 222 lbs at 6'0 5/8".

He also has an arm length of 31 1/2" and 10" hands. Gurley will not participate in a large portion of the Combine due to his mending torn ACL, but that likely did not prevent him from preparing for the event. Gurley has the talent to be a foundation back in the NFL.
Feb 19 - 10:39 AM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley is "a top-15 type of talent, but his durability is a major concern when projecting his long-term success in the NFL," ESPN's Todd McShay believes.

"He suffered a season-ending ACL tear in November, and prior to that had missed three games in 2013 due to an ankle injury that clearly bothered him even after he returned to the field," McShay wrote. "He runs behind his pads and usually delivers the blow, but he does take some heavy body blows when he fails to dip his shoulder before contact. The good news: He finished his college career with just 555 carries." We rank Gurley as the No. 1 RB in the class. The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder is one of the most physically gifted backs to enter the NFL in the last decade, combining outstanding vision, footwork, speed and power. He's fast enough to hit home runs, powerful enough to run through arm tackles, and skilled enough to wait on his blockers when a screen is called. Gurley averaged 6.4 yards per run in college.
Feb 18 - 4:00 PM

Mark Eckel spoke to one NFL scout who said "this is the best group of running backs I've seen from top to bottom" since he began evaluating.

"It's a really, really good group," the scout concluded. Eckel goes on to say that both Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon III should be first-round picks. We aren't so sure about the latter, but Gurley is clearly the most talented ball carrier in this class. After him, it is a bit cluttered in terms of preferable traits and roles.
Feb 14 - 2:16 PM

NFL Network chief draft analyst Mike Mayock said "this running back class is one of the best in the last 10 years both because it has quality up top and depth throughout."

"[Wisconsin's Melvin] Gordon and [Georgia's Todd] Gurley are first-round picks from a physical trait perspective," Mayock said. Due to his knee injury, Gurley is not expected to participate in combine drills next week. "I don't know whether Gurley slides out of the first round or not," Mayock said. "That's going to come down to how teams look at his medical (history). But I think Gordon is going in the first round." ESPN analyst Bill Polian claims that the RB position isn't devalued. "If you're a Seahawks fan, you've still got a headache. Because by far the game's best back, Marshawn Lynch, didn't get the ball on second and-goal at the end of the Super Bowl. The bottom line is running backs are still very important. Just ask Indianapolis."
Source: USA Today
Feb 11 - 11:59 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley "runs high but shows good vision and strength on inside runs, and he rolls over would-be tacklers when he gets into space," wrote ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He's nothing close to a one-dimensional power back, either," Muench wrote. "He reportedly ran the 40 in the low 4.4s during the 2014 offseason, and it's not just track speed. He has the impressive ability to turn on the jets and pull away when he gets a seam -- whether it's on a carry, after the catch or returning kickoffs. While he's not an ankle-breaker when he gets to the open field, he makes safeties miss with subtle moves that don't cause him to lose much momentum. Plus, he catches the ball well, he's dangerous after the catch, and he has all the tools to develop into an effective pass-blocker." Muench believes the Colts, Seahawks, Patriots, Jaguars and Vikings are all fits for Gurley.
Feb 10 - 10:57 PM

In CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's latest mock draft, he has Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley landing with the Dallas Cowboys with the No.27 pick.

"This pick will almost certainly be defense ... unless a prospect like Gurley falls to Dallas. The Cowboys need defensive help, but a special talent like Gurley might be too intriguing if the trainers sign off on his medicals and DeMarco Murray hits the open market," Brugler wrote. Former NFL scout John Middlekauff cited league sources in a report in December saying Gurley wouldn't fall out of the first-round. Even with a torn ACL, the Georgia bruiser ranks as the No. 1 RB in the class. He's one of the most physically gifted backs to enter the NFL in the last decade, and has the kind of talent to break the first-round drought at the position.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 2:09 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, confirmed HC Mark Richt.

Even with a torn ACL, we still rank Gurley as the No. 1 RB in the class. He's one of the most physically gifted backs to enter the NFL in the last decade, combining outstanding vision, footwork, speed and power. He's fast enough to hit home runs, powerful enough to run through arm tackles, and skilled enough to wait on his blockers when a screen is called. Gurley averaged 6.4 yards per run in college. The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder suffered his knee injury in November. He might be ready by Week 1.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 04:55:00 PM