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2015 NFL DRAFT

Todd Gurley, RB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tarboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 226 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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2921-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Built for the NFL with a muscle-bound, physical frame and naturally lowers his pads and squares his shoulders to attack the line of scrimmage and bounce off defenders. He runs with natural balance, power and momentum that makes him tough to slow down, rarely conceding with the first tackler.

Reads the first line of attack very well and senses daylight to hit holes with authority and quickness to stick-and-go, accelerating extremely well in his cuts. Knows how to shift his weight extremely well for a 232-pounder and strings together moves with devastating jump cuts and long strides to eat up yards.

Soft, natural hands out of the backfield and is a willing, cognizant blocker in pass protection.

WEAKNESSES: Bit taller than ideal. Torn ACL in November of 2014 a big red flag that will cause pause for NFL teams with a timetable for return around mid-August. Also missed three games in 2013 due to an ankle injury, so durability concerns are significant, especially considering the physical punishment he has absorbed in the SEC over the past three seasons.

COMPARES TO: Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks -- 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.

--Rob Rang (11/17/14)

Player Overview

With the NFL increasingly favoring the running back-by-committee approach, some have theorized that the days of runners earning first-round selections has passed; certainly the fact that no backs have earned a top 32 pick the past two years provides evidence of this. It is worth noting, however, that there hasn't been a back with Gurley's talent available the past two years.

The fact he missed three games a year ago because of an ankle injury is even more disconcerting. Further, with youngster Nick Chubb putting up Gurley-like production in his absence, some wonder if both backs aren't benefiting from outstanding offensive-line play at Georgia.

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah and Miami's Duke Johnson are among the other highly regarded backs likely to be available in 2015 -- a class looking as strong at the position as any since at least 2008. That year, teams spent first-round picks on five backs and that didn't include future stars Matt Forte, Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles being selected later.

The talent at running back could actually allow NFL teams to devalue the position a bit in this draft. In a case of supply and demand, teams could elect to draft other positions, believing a good back like Minnesota's David Cobb could be found in the middle rounds.

When healthy, Gurley proved he had the unique skill-set to warrant first-round consideration. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Gurley boasts a combination of vision, power and acceleration which earned comparisons to Marshawn Lynch and former All-Pro Jamal Lewis from NFL scouts.

Gurley had missed the previous four games under an NCAA suspension for accepting money for autographs. Prior to the suspension he'd rushed for 773 yards and eight touchdowns this eason.

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11/17/2014 - Georgia recently raised Todd Gurley's insurance to $10 million...The fact that Todd Gurley's season, and likely his college career, came to an end on Saturday due to a torn ACL sucks. There's no other way to put it. There is a silver lining, however. According to a report from ESPN.com, Georgia recently upped Gurley's insurance policy to $10 million. $5 million of that policy is in place for total disability, meaning that if Gurley were to get hurt and never be able to play again, he'd still be insured for $5 million. The other part of the policy included $5 million to protect against loss of value in case Gurley was injured and fell in the NFL Draft because of it.

This is good news for Gurley. He had been projected to be a first-round NFL Draft pick next spring, even though NFL teams are taking running backs in the first round a lot less often than they used to. Now, with a torn ACL and no set timetable for when Gurley will be able to return to the field, odds are he won't be taken in the first round of the draft. That's a large loss of money in Gurley's first professional contract, but with this insurance policy Gurley can limit the financial loss if he falls out of the first round. If he goes entirely undrafted - which is not likely - he'd receive the entire $5 million. So while Gurley is no doubt hurting right now - physically and emotionally - he can at least take solace in the fact he has a financial cushion to rely on thanks to Georgia. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

 

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