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Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel spoke with one NFL scout who believes Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley could be a top-16 pick.

Like others, the scout believes Gurley is improving his draft evaluation by missing time. "He can’t get hurt," the scout said, pointing to the fact that Gurley was one pace for a career high in carries. Georgia is applying for Gurley's reinstatement, and it will likely be granted. We would not argue with a team that selects Gurley in the top 15.
Oct 22 - 10:16 AM

Georgia is applying for junior RB Todd Gurley's reinstatement on Wednesday, according to a school announcement.

"The NCAA and UGA have been working together on Gurley's situation, so UGA's request seems almost assured of being approved," beat writer Seth Emerson writes. If granted, Gurley will likely be eligible to play in meaningful game action immediately. In the announcement, Gurley accepted responsibility for the mistakes he made and added he's excited to return to the field. The running back has missed the last two contests during the investigation.
Oct 22 - 9:30 AM

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated ranks Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley as the No. 4 overall prospect.

"A lot in play here, from if Gurley's recent suspension will hurt his stock (unlikely) to whether or not a team would put enough of a premium on the RB position to take Gurley in the top 10 (highly unlikely)," Burke wrote. "Beneath it all is Gurley's unquestioned talent. He's an every-down back with immediate 1,000-yard potential." NFL scouts and analysts view Gurley's layoff as a positive, pleased that his tires have been saved mileage. ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Gurley as the No. 7 overall prospect.
Oct 21 - 11:13 PM

Georgia senior WR Chris Conley caught five passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win versus Arkansas.

Conley has "solid hands and good enough speed," an AFC scout told NFL.com last month. "He's a heady player in routes, really good at finding soft spots in zones." We think, best-case scenario, that he projects as a third or fourth receiver at the next level. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Conley has "good build-up speed, as well as the body control and soft hands to make tough receptions," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer.
Oct 19 - 7:16 PM

Georgia senior CB Damian Swann had an interception in Saturday's win against Arkansas.

It was his second consecutive contest with a pick, and his third overall this season. All have come in big games (versus South Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas). Swann has long been a turnover machine. Last year, he forced eight (four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries). He considered hopping to the NFL but ultimately decided to return to Athens.
Oct 19 - 7:01 PM

Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley did not travel with the team for Saturday's game against Arkansas.

Final news was expected today after school officials met with the NCAA, but all previous indications pointed to the running back not playing this week. Gurley did practice all week, however, but his status moving forward appears to be on a week to week basis.
Oct 17 - 11:01 AM

Georgia junior Todd Gurley's suspension "is privately viewed as a positive development in NFL circles," reports NFL.com.

"An NFC South scout this week said he has seen enough from the junior running back to tab him as the top prospect at his position and that the suspension should prevent unnecessary mileage on his legs," Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote. We've yet to hear even one source insinuate that Gurley's stock was affected negatively by his autograph suspension. In fact, almost across the board, scouts and analysts have viewed the layoff as a positive, pleased that Gurley's tires will have less mileage when he enters the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 8:21 PM

Georgia HC Mark Richt is "not anticipating" a change in junior RB Todd Gurley's status for Saturday's game against Arkansas, which likely means he will not play.

Richt previously stated he expected to hear a decision on Friday, but he obviously is not optimistic. After missing a handful of practices and a game against Missouri, Gurley has been practicing with the team this week. His absence impacts Georgia's success this season more than it negatively impacts his draft evaluation.
Oct 16 - 10:02 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay doesn't believe Georgia junior Todd Gurley's suspension will affect his draft stock.

Nobody does. "He has had zero character concerns previously, everybody raves about him, and NFL teams simply don't care about whether a player received payment for autographs," McShay wrote. "To be completely honest, there's a silver lining to not playing as it relates to his draft stock, as it isn't a bad thing for him to sustain fewer hits this season and not run the risk of being injured. As for his scouting report, he is a hard, downhill runner who is a load to bring down, and what separates him from a lot of other big, punishing runners is his breakaway speed when he catches a crease. He was averaging 8.2 yards per carry prior to his suspension." McShay ranks Gurley as the No. 7 overall prospect.
Oct 15 - 6:49 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper doesn't believe Georgia junior Todd Gurley's suspension will affect his draft stock.

Consider Gurley to be the anti-Jameis Winston in terms of bad press: We've yet to read one report that even insinuates his stock was affected by his autograph suspension. On the contrary, most analysts believe the suspension might even help Gurley's draft standing because it will get him out of harm's way for the next several weeks. "I don't think Gurley being held out is going to do much damage to his stock," Kiper wrote. "If anything, it keeps the odometer a little lower."
Oct 15 - 4:58 PM

One NFC GM believes Georgia junior Todd Gurley should end the first-round RB drought.

The GM added "He's one of the five to 10 best players in the draft." NFL media's Albert Breer notes "both Jeremy Hill and Carlos Hyde were considered first-round-level talents by many but went in the second round in May," which we had not heard before. Gurley can be a focal and foundation piece of an offense. We would not argue with a top 15 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 15 - 11:46 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley's draft stock "may not be impacted at all by his suspension."

"NFL teams aren't likely to drop his stock at all," Rang wrote. "In fact, some scouts theorized that Gurley may be in better position to impress in workouts and medical examinations at the Combine if his indefinite suspension were to be season-ending. Georgia obviously hopes that won't be the case and Gurley was back at practice on Monday, despite remaining on suspension. Gurley is widely viewed among the elite prospects potentially available in the 2015 draft and virtual lock to be selected in the first round, despite the NFL's recent aversion to running backs in the top stanza." Analysts can only peak behind the curtain into war rooms so far, but it's encouraging for Gurley that we haven't read reports stating that his stock has fallen. It's been the opposite. Rang isn't the only draft writer suggesting Gurley's stock could actually be aided by sitting out the rest of the year.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 14 - 8:00 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis writes that Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley remains a first-round prospect.

Gurley is serving an indefinite suspension for reportedly accepting money for autographs, but that doesn't appear to have adversely affected his draft stock much. Both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports published mock drafts earlier this week in which Gurley went in the first round. "[The suspension] only becomes a concern for NFL teams if they discover a pattern of issues with Gurley when doing their due diligence," Davis wrote. "In fact, sitting out is probably better for Gurley and his pro situation because he'll take fewer hits; scouts have already seen all they need to see to evaluate his on-field ability."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 14 - 6:17 PM

Georgia HC Mark Richt is "not optimistic," junior RB Keith Marshall (sprained ankle/sprained knee) will play Saturday versus Arkansas.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Marshall is currently dealing with a sprained knee, as well as a sprained ankle. On Sunday, Richt mentioned that he was hopeful Marshall could return after missing the last three games for the Bulldoggs. Marshall, was injured during the second half of Georgia's 66-0 win over Troy on September 20th.
Oct 14 - 2:07 PM

Suspended Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley returned to practice on Monday.

Gurley is still technically suspended while an investigation into signed autographs is ongoing. The team's twitter account stated there is no timetable for Gurley's return to game action. This kind of process is similar to the one AJ Green went through in 2010, when the star receiver continued to practice with the team despite facing a four game suspension from the NCAA. Georgia faces Arkansas on Saturday.
Oct 14 - 9:46 AM


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