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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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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

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Georgia head coach Mark Richt said during a recent radio show that he expected junior RB Todd Gurley to be a top pick "in this draft."

Richt didn't predict just how high he expected Gurley to go. It's hard to know whether the coach is being optimistic for his player's sake, or if he's received information from the NFL indicating that Gurley's stock hasn't fallen much despite his torn ACL. For what it's worth, former NFL scout John Middlekauff cited league sources in a report earlier this month saying Gurley wouldn't fall out of the first-round.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 06:03:00 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "was likely viewed as a borderline first-round selection in meeting rooms around the league" even before his ACL injury.

Brooks points out that only one of the NFL's top 10 current rushers was a first-round pick (Marshawn Lynch). "While executives around the league were certainly fascinated by [Gurley's] tantalizing combination of size, speed, burst and physicality at the position, they were unlikely to place a premium on nabbing a running back early in the first round when it appears there could be a wealth of options at the position (Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Miami's Duke Johnson) that might offer better value at the bottom of Round 1 or on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3)," he wrote. Brooks seems to be implying that Gurley could or will drop out of Round 1. For the record, we disagree.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:59:00 PM

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff cites league sources saying to not expect Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley to fall out of the first-round.

"He’s an elite running back prospect, and the NFL people I have talked with don’t think the ACL is a big deal," Middlekauff writes. "He would have gone in the Top 15 pre-tear, and he should be ready by late-August, early-September." The former NFL evaluator suggest the Patriots or Broncos in the late first-round. We still consider Gurley a top 10 talent, and although he was hobbled by ailments in 2013, this is the running back's first major injury. He can be a foundation back for a team.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Georgia head coach Mark Richt said that junior RB Todd Gurley "is doing well after Tuesday's ACL surgery."

At the moment the Georgia prospect's draft status is up in the air and it will depend on things that simply aren't known as of yet. NFL teams will be able to see how Gurley's progressing with his rehab come April. Teams will also have a better idea of where other running backs stand on their boards through process activities like the Senior Bowl and pre-draft combine. ESPN's Mel Kiper has stated that "If Gurley lands somewhere in Round 2, it would still make him one of the top two or three running backs drafted -- again, a strong compliment to his talent."
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 02:14:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. still believes Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley (ACL) "can be taken fairly high in the 2015 NFL draft relative to other running backs"

"I believe Gurley has a chance to go somewhere in Round 2 or early in Round 3," Kiper wrote. "We have seen players like Tank Carradine and Ryan Broyles suffer similar knee injuries late in the season and still land in Round 2 in recent years, and we also saw Dominique Easley land in Round 1 last season off a September injury." Kiper believes Gurley will recover quickly and could be moving around fairly well at the combine in late February. He also thinks that the runner could be fully healed in time to take part in an August training camp. Needless to say, the analyst expects Gurley to contribute to an NFL team in 2015. "If Gurley lands somewhere in Round 2, it would still make him one of the top two or three running backs drafted -- again, a strong compliment to his talent," Kiper wrote.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 06:44:00 PM

South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis offered insight in close friend and Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley's upcoming NFL decision.

"I would assume that Todd is leaving," Davis said, adding he talks with Gurley every day. Obviously this is not earth shattering information, but it adds to the notion Gurley has played his final game at Georgia. The running back is still expected to complete his punishments handed down by the NCAA after being suspended for accepting money for autographs.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:21:00 AM

NFL.com media analyst Charles Davis noted that he thought Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley's best decision for the future was to declare for the NFL Draft.

Davis wrote that he would be "stunned" if Gurley decided to return to Georgia for a senior season. The analyst played Devil's Advocate to his own opinion, saying that a benefit of finishing up his college career would be that "the conventional wisdom is that you're stronger the second year back from ACL surgery than you are in the first. [Gurley] would be able to work out the kinks in college and enter the league as a guy who appears to be just hitting his prime." While all of this is technically true, Davis definitely sided with Gurley declaring for the draft. "He would be taking an awful risk by taking a damaged knee back to college instead of the NFL," noted Davis, who added "there's no telling whether another great season at Georgia would do much to enhance his stock from where it will be this offseason."
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 06:28:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that he sees Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley being drafted in the Top-100.

"While not quite the same situation as Marcus Lattimore a few years ago," wrote Brugler of Gurley's knee injury, "Gurley will almost certainly fall on draft weekend, but how far? Second round? Third round?" As Brugler's musings indicate, nobody really has any idea what's going to happen here. Where the junior's drafted is probably going to depend on things that simply aren't known yet. NFL teams will be able to see how Gurley's progressing with his rehab come April. Teams will also have a better idea of where other running backs stand on their boards through process activities like the Senior Bowl and pre-draft combine. Brugler finished by noting that, "as long as [Gurley's] rehab over the next few months go well, I'll bet he's still a top-100 pick."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 04:43:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley's ACL tear will likely cause him "to slip to at least the second back off the board and a second day selection"

It's tough to speculate on draft status immediately after such a severe injury. "On its own," noted Rang, "Gurley's ACL tear is worrisome enough. The normal timetable for surgery and recovery is approximately nine months. That date (Aug. 16) would keep Gurley sidelined well into training camp and next preseason." Rang went on to write that beyond the injury, "with youngster Nick Chubb putting up Gurley-like production in his absence, some wonder if both backs aren't benefiting from outstanding offensive-line play at Georgia." Georgia's line is outstanding, but without the injury, that alone was not going to cause Gurley to slide. Beyond the injury, the junior is also hurt by the fact that the position is incredibly deep, with the likes of David Cobb likely to still be available in the middle rounds. Rang finished his column by saying that there's always the chance the Gurley returns to Georgia, though he (and we) see this as unlikely.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 06:23:00 PM

120 Sports' Bryant McFadden cites a source saying Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley's MRI confirmed he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

We will still wait on the status of Gurley's MCL. The injury seemed to be of the non-contact variety and he immediately clutched his left knee. Expect official word to come down later Sunday night or Monday. We have no idea how this will impact his evaluation. It is the first we have heard of Gurley suffering a significant knee injury.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 02:43:00 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley left Saturday's 34-7 win over Auburn with a left knee injury.

Prior to the injury, Gurley rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. "Todd Gurley's left knee being iced. He's sitting on the training table, being consoled by Mitchell and Scott-Wesley, among others," beat writer Seth Emerson tweeted. The replays did not look good. He later walked into the locker room prior to the game's finish.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 10:28:00 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley received votes for various public offices in the November election.

Here's a fun story for your polar-vortexed Friday: Todd Gurley received multiple votes for public office. According to onlineathens.com, Gurley received votes for state attorney general, a Public Service Commission seat, several uncontested state Senate seats and ACC solicitor general supervisor of the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District. Imagine if he'd actually been playing.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 04:51:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley is enough of a difference-maker that he deserves to be picked on the first day of the NFL draft.

Gurley's biggest hurdle to being drafted in the first round might be the insane depth of the RB position in the 2015 class. Among others, Melvin Gordon III, Jay Ajayi, Ameer Abdullah and Tevin Coleman are all going to be in the mix. Gurley is the best runner in the class, but teams might be weary of spending a high value pick when they can find value later in the draft. McShay wrote that "while I wouldn't say with any certainty that he'd go in the first half of the first round (again, based on positional value), I do think he'd be a first-round pick if the draft were tomorrow." He added, "Gurley can create yards on his own with both power...and speed." Two NFL scouts covering the Southeast region told McShay that Gurley and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper were the best players in that region, regardless of position.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 08:29:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lists Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley and Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III in the top 10 of his updated big board.

Gurley is at eight, Gordon is at nine. Kiper does warn that Gurley "can run high, which raises durability concerns that will certainly play into his draft stock." We would not be shocked if Gurley is actually drafted in the top 10, specifically to a team that views him as the foundation of their offense.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 01:15:00 PM