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2015 NFL DRAFT

Todd Gurley, RB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tarboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 232 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1411

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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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. Like most backs in the highly physical SEC, the concern with Gurley will almost surely be the punishment he has absorbed at the collegiate level. Gurley missed all of the Tennessee, Missouri and Vanderbilt games in 2013 after sustaining an ankle injury against LSU and must remain healthy as a junior to earn the high selection his talent warrants.

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 (9/14/14)

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.

Boasting a combination of power, balance and underrated agility that helped Marshawn Lynch "Beast Mode" his Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title, Gurley has dominated the SEC the past two seasons, rushing for a combined 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns, while chipping in another 558 yards and five scores (all last year) as a receiver.

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10/17/2014 - Georgia's Gurley won't play vs. Arkansas...Georgia running back Todd Gurley did not make the trip Friday with the rest of the team and won't play Saturday against Arkansas. Coach Mark Richt said Thursday that the No. 10 Bulldogs were not planning on the junior playing as school officials investigate allegations that he was paid for signing memorabilia. Georgia senior associate athletic director for sports communications Claude Felton confirmed to ESPN.com the latest on Gurley's playing status. Gurley returned to practice Monday, but a final ruling from the NCAA is required before he can participate in a game.

The NCAA sent out a tweet Thursday saying it was continuing to work with Georgia and awaiting the school's request for reinstatement. The university said in a statement Thursday that school officials met with NCAA representatives in Indianapolis and discussed Gurley but that nothing was decided. Gurley, a Heisman Trophy candidate and the SEC's rushing leader with 773 yards, has been suspended since Oct. 9. Without Gurley last week, Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) banded together for a 34-0 shutout at Missouri. Freshman running back Nick Chubb did his best Gurley impersonation, rushing for 143 yards and a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange

 

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