2015 NFL DRAFT

Todd Gurley, RB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tarboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 222 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1811

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Arizona Cardinals | #24
    Arizona's interest in DeMarco Murray and other running backs proves that coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim know full well that improving at this position is important. Should Arizona not significantly boost its talent in free agency, passing on a three-down back like Gurley seems unlikely - assuming that Arizona is comfortable with his recovery from a torn ACL.
  • San Diego Chargers | #17
    There is a great chance this year's draft has a first round running back, but how high? The Chargers moved on from former first rounder Ryan Mathews and could upgrade with Gurley, the best running back to enter the NFL in several years.
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  • Indianapolis Colts | #29
    The Trent Richardson experiment probably is over and Gurley balances this offense. A defensive lineman like Arik Armstead could get consideration here, but Gurley would touch the ball 20 times a game for the Colts.
 

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

Player Overview

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

Gurley was in the Heisman conversation in 2014 with 773 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in six games before missing four games due to an NCAA suspension for accepting money for autographs. In his first game back, Gurley suffered a season-ending torn ACL. He still rushed for 911 yards on 7.4 yards per carry in 2014, and finished his Georgia career with 3,285 yards on 6.4 yards per carry and rushed for 36 touchdowns in three seasons. He added 615 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns and two kickoff return touchdowns.

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. 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.

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02/24/2015 - 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Most Important Pro Day Dates: Georgia, March 18: No team will select Bulldogs star running back Todd Gurley in the first round without first investigating his surgically-repaired knee. Gurley hasn't committed to working out at the Bulldogs' scheduled Pro Day but is expected to attend and if doctors can evaluate him or during the Combine re-check, he has a shot at ending the two-year absence of backs in the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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