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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

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 Georgia senior WR Chris Conley has NFL tools.

"Conley has good build-up speed, as well as the body control and soft hands to make tough receptions," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Conley benefited most from Malcolm Mitchell's unfortunate season-ending knee injury last year, posting 45 receptions for 651 yards and four scores.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:46 PM

Georgia senior DB Damian Swann "must return to his playmaking ways in 2014 to assure being drafted," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Swann helped to force eight turnovers (four interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recovers) as the Bulldogs' only returning starter in the secondary last season. "Swann has good athleticism and is a willing tackler but must return to his playmaking ways in 2014 to assure being drafted," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 1:51 AM

Georgia senior LB Ramik Wilson "is not the elite prospect that his breakout 2013 production suggests," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang, "at least not yet."

Last season, Wilson became the third Bulldog to lead the SEC in total tackles (133), earning First Team all-conference honors. "From an NFL perspective, however, Wilson currently projects best on the outside in a traditional 4-3 alignment," Rang wrote. "Wilson relies on his athleticism to run around blockers on his way to the ball-carrier, struggling to disengage when opponents get their hands on him. It isn't that he lacks physicality. While most of the tackles viewed on tape were solid wrap-ups, Wilson can explode into ball-carriers for impressive collisions. He does not possess the functional power, at this time, however, to take on and shed blockers in the hole, often resorting to backpedaling and spinning away from opponents to escape or 'rassling ball-carriers to the ground with arm tackles. Either way, he was giving up yardage in doing so." Wilson must improve his "take-on power" to vault up draft boards, according to the expert.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:52 AM

Georgia redshirt junior WR Malcolm Mitchell's right knee injury "very much has his stock in flux," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Mitchell tore his right ACL in the opener last season, costing him the rest of the campaign, and then re-injured the knee in late July, requiring arthroscopic surgery. His timetable is not known at this time. "When healthy, Mitchell has shown flashes of superstardom," Rang wrote. "Over his first two years in the program, he's spent time at wide receiver, cornerback, kick returner and punt returner and has been described as Georgia's most dynamic and versatile weapon since Champ Bailey." Mitchell has collected 85 catches for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns when he's been able to stay on the field. "Mitchell possesses the combination of size, agility, straight-line speed and ball-skills to re-emerge as Georgia's top pass-catcher but he is a work in progress as a route-runner," Rang wrote. "He's explosive out of his breaks and is tough to tackle, showing not only elusiveness and vision but strength to fight through arm tackles."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:08 AM

Georgia junior DE/OLB Jordan Jenkins could be in for a huge spike in production after losing weight over the offseason, CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes.

Jenkins had 31 tackles -- eight for loss -- and five sacks as a true freshman, and increased his production to 45 tackles, 12 for loss and five sacks as the 'JACK linebacker in Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme last year. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is expected to keep him in a similar role, and Rang believes Jenkins will be more explosive now that he's down from 270 to 246 pounds. "Whether from the two or three-point stance he shows good burst off the snap, as well as the lateral agility and flexibility to scrape the corner but lacks preferred closing speed," Rang wrote. "Perhaps most impressive about Jenkins' game given his 'tweener frame is his strength at the point of attack. For a player with his size, Jenkins shows good power to lock-out and create a pile, as well as the balance to string plays out wide."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 11:24 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Georgia senior DE Ray Drew "has some untapped potential that will no doubt intrigue scouts."

Drew is a former elite recruit who was considered a bust prior to emerging as a contributor last season -- and that's how quickly you go from disappointment to NFL prospect. Drew collected 43 tackles, eight tackles for loss and six sacks while growing into his 6-foot-4, 276-pound frame and sticking at defensive end last year. "He remains very much a work in progress in terms of his technique, showing a rudimentary club and spin move to complement his favorite move, a basic bull rush," Rang wrote. "Drew has some untapped potential that will no doubt intrigue scouts. He shows some quickness off the snap, has a naturally large and powerful frame and plays hard."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 10:01 PM

Georgia senior C David Andrews "has established himself as one of the better pivots in the country," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Andrews, who has started each of the past two seasons, runs a 5.15 forty. "He has good initial quickness for the reach block, as well as the leg drive to push defenders off their mark," Rang wrote. "He lacks ideal balance and the agility to recover if beaten initially but could earn interest on Day Three."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 9:10 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

Georgia redshirt junior FB Merritt Hall has been medically disqualified from football due to a history of concussions.

Georgia specifically cited "recurrent concussions, sustained in high school and college." Apparently Hall recently suffered his third concussion in two seasons. Georgia recently moved freshman linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes to fullback.
Aug 14 - 2:21 PM

Georgia senior LB Ramik Wilson returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time in a week and a half.

"The senior is going through drills in a non-contact jersey this morning. Wilson had been out after sustaining a concussion," beat writer Marc Weiszer writes. Many evaluators have ranked Wilson has one of, if not the top, inside linebacker prospect in the country. We have not spotlighted his game yet, but Wilson sounds like one to watch.
Aug 13 - 11:02 AM

Georgia has moved four-star freshman LB Detric Bing-Dukes to FB.

Like many linebacker recruits, Bing-Dukes has running back experience from high school. The move was likely a reaction to starting fullback Merritt Hall's injury. However, there is plenty of competition at fullback, however, so despite the move being for the season, it might not be permanent.
Aug 13 - 9:40 AM


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