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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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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. Aug 26 - 9:12 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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

ESPN's Todd McShay compares Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley to Marshawn Lynch.

Who doesn't? For more than a year, Lynch has been Gurley's go-to comparable for analysts, and NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks and CBS Sports' Rob Rang have made the comparison within the past month. This isn't necessarily a case of lazy group-think -- the comparisons between Beast Mode and Gurley are a little eery. "Gurley is a freight train. He's a hard, downhill runner who is a load to bring down," McShay wrote. "He runs a little bit high and takes some big shots to his frame, but he's the most powerful back we studied during the preseason. He'd be a perfect fit in a power-based rushing attack, and he compares favorably to Marshawn Lynch in that regard. But what separates Gurley from a lot of other big, punishing runners is his very good top-end speed. If he catches a crease, it's a big problem for the defense. The only real negative with Gurley -- outside of durability concerns -- is his lack of ideal lateral agility."
Aug 23 - 9:11 PM

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.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 8:28 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "evokes comparisons to a young Marshawn Lynch."

"Gurley displayed enough speed, quickness and power in a number of impressive performances (Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech) to evoke comparisons to a young Marshawn Lynch, Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound bruiser can get dirty in the trenches if needed, or use his 4.43 speed to out run defenders. The Bulldogs prospect rushed for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 441 yards and six TDs despite missing three games and parts of two others with ankle and hip injuries in 2013. Gurley has a solid shot to be the first running back off the board in the 2015 Draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 3:03 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley talked about rushing for 2,000 yards Thursday at the Southeastern Conference media days.

"If I could get 2,000 yards, that would be awesome," Gurley said. "If the Lord would bless me with that, oh my gosh. That’s going to be pretty hard to do in the SEC." At first blush, this idea sounds outlandish. After all, only 15 collegiate players have rushed for over 2,000 yards in a single season. However, the college football playoff means Gurley would play in 15 games if the Bulldogs make the championship game. Gurley led Georgia in rushing with 989 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing three games last year. Keep in mind he must share carries with Keith Marshall.
Jul 18 - 12:27 AM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman released his "All-Freak Team" and named junior RB Todd Gurley as one of his "All-Freak" running backs.

"One of the best blends of great size and track speed in the SEC since the days of Herschel and Bo," Feldman wrote. The Bulldogs prospect has been clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40 and was formerly one of the best prep hurdlers in the country. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound joined forces with the Bulldogs track team last year and ran a 8.12 second 60-meter hurdle, which was the seventh-fastest time in school history. If Gurley can stay healthy this year, he has the talent to be the first running back off the board...and we're talking first-round.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 8 - 9:00 PM

Former Bulldogs running back Danny Ware isn't ready to say junior RB Todd Gurley is better than current Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno.

Regardless of one man's opinion, it says something substantial about Gurley that people are already trying to measure his legacy. "It's kind of a hard comparison. Knowshon was a little smaller, but he was still beefed up. He did some amazing things. It's kind of tough. Todd has done his fair share of amazing things, but I think Knowshon, he came in and had two seniors in front of him and still ended up being the man," Ware said. "... Todd, I don't really know like who has been there to challenge him. Keith (Marshall), but their running styles are so much different. They complement each other rather than compete with each other. Knowshon was doing it on his own pretty much." Moreno put up an amazing 250-1,400-16 line in 2008 to become the No. 12 pick in the draft (Broncos). Gurley may not get that many carries with Marshall around, but he's similarly gunning for a Round 1 selection.
Jun 27 - 3:00 PM

Georgia coach Mark Richt wouldn't be surprised if junior RB Todd Gurley declares for the draft after this season.

Neither would we. Standout running backs, who face greater risk of injury and shorter expected careers than their teammates, must cash in when they have a chance. "No, I don't think (it will be a problem)," Richt said of recruiting a new running back in this cycle. "What are the chances of Gurley staying around a long time? You know, (junior) Keith Marshall for that matter? You know, if you only have three running backs on campus, and you take two out of there? ... That's not enough. The kids know that." The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Gurley rushed for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 441 yards and six TDs despite missing three games and parts of two others with ankle and hip injuries in 2013.
Jun 27 - 1:37 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley is the "best dual-threat (runner/receiver) running back in the nation," according to NFL.com.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound junior had 53 catches for 558 yards and six touchdowns over the past two seasons despite missing time with injuries. "He can take a screen and go the distance, and he also has enough receiving ability to occasionally get down the seam and beat safeties," wrote staff writer Mike Huguenin. "He should become an even bigger part of the Bulldogs' offense this fall, and coordinator Mike Bobo should make it a priority to get Gurley at least four touches as a receiver per game." Gurley's multidimensional game has him being talked about as a candidate to become a rare first-round running back. It also makes him one of college fantasy football's most attractive assets.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 8:21 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "is an old-school runner with excellent size, strength and power" and "is a terrific pass-catcher," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound junior could contend for the Heisman this season if he can stay healthy. He has been clocked with a 4.43 40-yard dash and runs a 8.12 second 60-meter hurdle. Of course, he's also a jumbo-sized back with punishing power and soft hands, which is why Gurley has drawn comparisons to a young Marshawn Lynch. "Gurley certainly flashes big-play potential despite playing in a downhill, pro-style offense at Georgia," wrote Brooks. "The junior standout shows remarkable quickness, instincts and awareness in the open field. Additionally, he flashes surprising acceleration and burst for a big runner, which makes him a coveted commodity in scouting circles."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 6:11 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley has been clocked at 4.43 seconds in the 40 and was formerly one of the best prep hurdlers in the country.

Perhaps most impressive? He's a 6-foot-1, 232-pound monster. Gurley joined Georgia's track team for the 2013 indoor season and slapped down a 8.12 second 60-meter hurdle, the seventh-fastest time in school history. Gurley, who has drawn comparisons to a young Marshawn Lynch, has as good a chance as anyone to become the next first-round running back. No defender in the SEC is looking forward to his matchup with Georgia in the fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 7:39 PM

ESPN's Todd Blackledge believes prospects who played in the SEC are more ready for the NFL than those from other conferences.

"The Draft has been the great indicator here the last several years of where the most talent is in college football," Blackledge said. "That’s why, up until last year when Florida State won, that the SEC has dominated the national championship picture as well." Obviously there is a pipeline between the SEC and the NFL, but don't sleep on the Pac-12 for their quality either.
Source: AL.com
May 26 - 10:07 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks sees around college football "a number of blue-chip prospects with the capacity to carry the load as feature backs," headlined by Georgia's Todd Gurley.

"There's no doubt in my mind that there are several prospects with the talent and potential to earn consensus Round 1 draft grades down the road," Brooks wrote after discussing the devaluation of RBs in the NFL. As for Gurley, Brooks notes comparisons to a young Marshawn Lynch due to his "speed, quickness and power in a number of impressive performances (Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech)." The 6-foot-1, 232-pound junior is college football's most talented back. Now, he just has to stay healthy.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 10:02 PM

Georgia RB Todd Gurley was a full participant during the first day of spring practice.

Gurley dealt with ankle and hip injuries for a good portion of the 2013 season, and he recently said his legs were bothering him. The Georgia ball carrier is the best running back in the country and highlights a loaded class in next year's draft.
Mar 19 - 9:53 AM