Sep 20, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs down the sideline against Troy Trojans defensive back Montres Kitchens (1) during the first quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Todd Gurley, RB
College team: Georgia
Size: 6′ 1″, 222 lbs.
Measurements: Arms-31 and 1/2″, Hands-10″
Todd Gurley did not run at the combine due to an ACL injury he suffered in 2014. His speed coming off of the injury may be questionable but he has run track and been a top hurdler at Georgia and for Team USA. Gurley earned positive reviews from NFL doctors at the combine when they examined his surgically repaired knee.
Gurley is the most physically impressive RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. He missed several games over his final two seasons at Georgia but still managed to run for 3,285 yards and scored 36 touchdowns in his 3 year career there. He is currently expected to be the first RB selected in the draft despite his ACL tear.
Gurley is the most physically impressive RB prospect since Adrian Peterson
Gurley is a dominating physical runner with light feet that enable him to cut back with ease and evade tacklers or run them over. He has excellent vision allowing him to run to daylight and set up blocks. Gurley breaks tackles and accelerates through the line of scrimmage very well.
Gurley turns on his speed and can score from anywhere on the field. His receiving ability is underrated also as he gained 615 yards through the air with 6 touchdowns. Gurley has large hands which helped him to only fumble three times while at Georgia.
Gurley’s ACL tear and an ankle injury from 2013 led some to question his durability. He does take some punishment as a big physical runner although he only had 510 carries in three years. Gurley also needs to prove that he can be more consistent as a receiver in the NFL.
Gurley’s ACL tear and an ankle injury from 2013 led some to question his durability
Alfred Morris only has one year left on his rookie deal and may demand a big contract in 2016. The Redskins also lost their third down receiver and change of pace RB when Roy Helu signed with Oakland. Gurley could be a great replacement for Morris to keep them both fresh in 2015.
Gurley is expected to be ready to practice in August but may require more time to completely recover. He could be given that time with the Redskins since they already have a pro-bowl RB in Morris. If McCloughan sees Gurley as a special runner, he could take him in a trade down from eight to fifteen.
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