Mike Giardi of Comcast SportsNet New England reports that Todd Gurley is set to meet with the Patriots this week.
The former Georgia Bulldogs star running back was not able to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine due to the recovery time needed from tearing his ACL back in November.
Now, with a re-check in Indianapolis and positive signs of recovering, it looks like th Georgia product can get on with wooing teams in the weeks leading up to the draft.
While he appears to still have suitors in the mix, we won’t know until draft night how much that knee injury has affected his draft stock — or his future football career.
Then again, a banged-up knee doesn’t seem to be something that the Pats are too afraid of, ProFootballTalk points out.
The defending Super Bowl champs drafted defensive end Dominique Easley after suffering a similar injury his last season at Florida. Granted, NE also had to put Easley on IR last December due to knee issues that were believed to have stemmed from the previous ACL injury, so it is a wonder how much they want to gamble on a young running back that has the potential to re-injure himself.
Should Gurley make a good showing in the next few weeks, however, he could be one of two RBs to be selected in the first round — something that hasn’t occured in the last two drafts.
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