Former Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley has rocketed his way up big boards despite undergoing ACL surgery back in the fall, but some are still concerned about his durability.
In a report by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, one NFL scout is concerned about how long Gurley can last because of his knee issues.
“I’d worry about him lasting,” the scout said. “He’s like Adrian and (Walter) Payton, very violent and aggressive as a runner. I’m not sure he’s as dynamic as those guys. He could be.”
Well, for being so concerned about Gurley’s ability to last in the NFL, this scout had no problem comparing him to arguably two of the best running backs who ever played the game.
Peterson tore his ACL in 2011, only to come back and lead the NFL in rushing in 2012 and take home the MVP trophy. Payton lasted 12 years in the NFL, won an MVP trophy and played in nine Pro Bowls on top of ending his career as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher (later surpassed by Emmitt Smith).
That said, the fact that Gurley is being compared to these two is a bit puzzling especially since one of the two players also tore his ACL and came back no worse for the wear.
Prior to his injury, the 6-foot-0, 222 pound Gurley rushed for 911 yards and nine touchdowns on just 123 carries. In the latest mock draft by ESPN’s Todd McShay, he is projected as going sixth overall to the New York Jets.
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