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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.
Source: NFL.com
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

Georgia WR Chris Conley posted 4.35 and 4.41 forty times at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Allow us to introduce you to Saturday's big winner, even over Kevin White. Conley, measuring about 6-foot-2 and 213 pounds, also posted a 11-foot-7 broad jump, third best in combine history, and a 45-inch vertical, tied for third best since 2003. Some didn't think Conley was even worth a Day 3 pick heading into today. Now, he'll be in consideration for a draft call beginning on Day 2. Yes, his testing numbers were that good. Scouts are sprinting back to hotels themselves to watch more Georgia game film.
Feb 21 - 4:30 PM

NFL teams aren't concerned by Todd Gurley's refusal to let Combine doctors examine his surgically repaired knee, reports DallasCowboys.com'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 WR Chris Conley could be the receiver this year who "runs faster than expected or jumps higher than anticipated," believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Conley could break into the 4.3’s (listed as a 4.55s forty by scouts entering the season) and later jump north of 42-inches in the vertical," Pauline wrote. The analyst is on record as saying Conley could stick in the NFL as a No. 5 receiver. 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.
Feb 20 - 4:54 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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NJ.com
Feb 14 - 2:16 PM

High school OLB Roquan Smith, the No. 10 player in the ESPN 300, decommitted from UCLA and committed to Georgia.

The drama surrounding Smith's recruiting process has to do with an allegation that UCLA’s defensive coordinator, Jeff Ulbrich, lied about his interest in taking a job with the Atlanta Falcons. Smith committed to UCLA on Signing Day, Ulbrich left the school shortly thereafter, and the prospect decided to re-open his recruitment. Georgia, which had been the favorites all along, finally brought in the local stud. It should be noted that Smith has not signed a National Letter of Intent with UGA -- just as he didn't with UCLA -- which means he could still change his mind again if he so chooses. Smith’s other finalists -- outside of the Bulldogs and Bruins -- were Michigan and Texas A&M.
Feb 13 - 1:51 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

UCLA defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich stepped down to take a job with the Atlanta Falcons, leaving OLB Roquan Smith's status up in the air.

Smith, the No. 10 player in the ESPN 300, committed to UCLA on Signing Day. He hasn't yet sent in his National Letter of Intent, which means Smith could change his mind and sign elsewhere. Georgia, the one-time favorite for his services, would likely be the favorite again if Smith re-opens his recruitment process. "Smith is an aggressive linebacker who possesses good range and athleticism," Smith's RecruitingNation scouting report reads. "Shows a well-rounded skill set and looks to have good upside with continued physical development."
Feb 8 - 9:34 PM

ESPN 300 No. 43 recruit ATH Terry Godwin signed with Georgia.

Godwin could play either cornerback or wide receiver for the Bulldogs. "Godwin is a talented and versatile athlete with a nice skill set at the WR position," reads ESPN's scouting report. "Additional bulk and overall playing strength will determine his stock as a next level prospect. A natural playmaker capable of producing in multiple roles."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 11:12 PM


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