4. Todd Gurley- Running Back- Georgia
Size: 6’1 226lbs
2012 Stats: 222 carries 1,385 yards 17 TDs
2013 Stats: 165 carries 989 yards 10 TDs
2014 Stats: 123 carries 911 yards 9 TDs

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Strengths:

  • Good speed
  • Powerful- breaks tackles, 60%+ of yards after initial contact in 2014
  • Good size
  • Great cut back runner
  • Soft hands
  • Doesn’t fumble- 3 career fumbles in 510 carries

Analysis: If Gurley did not tear his ACL in 2014, he would be hands down a 1st round pick in this years draft–even in today’s NFL.  Gurley has a rare combination of size, speed, and power.  When he runs through defenders, his speed and acceleration do not suffer.  Constantly running downhill, Gurley picked up 62% of his yards after contact at Georgia this past season.  Decent hands makes Gurley a legitimate three down back.

Need to Improve:

  • Injury prone?- 2014 torn ACL, 2013 ankle injury
  • How will he return from his ACL injury
  • Vision
  • Pass protection

Analysis: A healthy Todd Gurley is a game changer for a lot of NFL teams.  The question remains, will Gurley return to form after this ACL injury? Doctor’s at the scouting combine will do everything to find out about his health, but we truly will not know until Gurley puts on the pads, and steps out onto the football field.  Pass protection is an area he will need to work on, not to say he is terrible at protecting the quarterback, he was not asked to do that in college.  Gurley does not come from a zone blocking scheme, so if he is drafted into that scheme by an NFL team his vision will need to improve, along with setting up his blocks.

Round Prediction: 1-2

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Dan SchalkNFL DraftNFL Draft4. Todd Gurley- Running Back- Georgia Size: 6'1 226lbs 2012 Stats: 222 carries 1,385 yards 17 TDs 2013 Stats: 165 carries 989 yards 10 TDs 2014 Stats: 123 carries 911 yards 9 TDs Strengths: Good speed Powerful- breaks tackles, 60%+ of yards after initial contact in 2014 Good size Great cut back runner Soft hands Doesn't fumble- 3 career fumbles...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?