No longer seen as the top running back in the 2015 NFL Draft class thanks to a Heisman-worthy performance by Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley will be entering this year’s draft even though he is recovering from an ACL injury.
Although a four-game suspension and the injury kept Gurley out of the Heisman race in 2014, he will still likely be a first-round pick in May’s draft. According to head coach Mark Richt, Gurley’s rehab is going well and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he does some training for NFL scouts before the draft.
During his junior season, Gurley ran for over 900 yards and 11 touchdowns. It should also be mentioned that he had a yards per carry average of 7.4. In Gurley’s freshman and sophomore seasons, he ran the football 387 times for 2,374 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns. Add in 53 receptions for 558 yards and six touchdowns, and it is easy to see why many people love Gurley and his explosiveness.
At 6-foot-1, 232 pounds, Gurley is the prototypical running back for the next level. He passes the eye test and he has great vision. Gurley is also special due to his cutback ability and that will important in the NFL. DeMarco Murray and LeSean McCoy are two running backs that have the dynamic combination of vision and cutback ability.
It is yet to be seen whether Gurley will be a late-round pick. Although the need to draft a high-caliber running back early in the draft is deteriorating, Gordon and Gurley are simply too talented to pass up and many teams are going to be licking their chops to add them. Gurley’s talent is too undeniable to pass on and that’s why I believe he will be drafted in the first 50 picks of the 2015 NFL Draft.
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