With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Todd Gurley
Position: Running Back
Weight: 226 Pounds
College: University of Georgia
2015 Stats: 6 Games, 123 Carries, 911 Yards (7.4 Yards Per Carry), 9 Touchdowns, 12 Receptions, 57 Yards
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Todd Gurley’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Gurley.
Pros: Todd Gurley is an extraordinary talent with a rare combination of size, speed, vision, and work ethic. He has elite quickness and the ability to run over, around, or through defenders. He has good hands and has made an impact as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He is a willing and able blocker as well. He has unbelievable balance and ridiculous acceleration. He runs with Le’Veon Bell like patience and Ray Rice in his prime like decisiveness. He has a great ability to see the cut back lane and explode through it. His work ethic is extraordinary and he is the ultimate team first player.
Cons: He has one weakness and one weakness only. Can he stay healthy? His two injuries in his career came on absolute freak plays where massive defensive linemen rolled on him from different angles while he was moving forward at a high rate of speed.
Our Take: Gurley is a special running back prospect who would have been a sure top ten pick if he had no injury concerns. He grades out as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson and will be that kind of talent in the NFL if he can stay healthy. Whoever selects him in the middle or late first round will be getting a star and a player who once healthy, can come in and be a dominant force in the NFL.
Final Grade: 94 Out of 100
I am grading Gurley hoping that he will be able to stay healthy once in the league. If not for durability concerns, I would have given him a 97 out of 100 as he is a special, once in a decade, type of talent. The only chance he busts is if he can’t stay healthy. Other than that, he is about as surefire of a franchise running back as you can find and as teams like the Steelers, Seahawks, and Cowboys showed this year, a franchise, elite level running back can help elevate your team to the next level.
Possible Draft Spots: The Minnesota Vikings could be in the market for a running back at 11, along with the Texans at 16, the Chargers at 17, the Lions at 23, the Panthers at 25, the Colts at 29 and the Pats at 32. I have a hard time seeing Gurley falling out of the first round and believe one of these teams will be the team to select him. However, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Rams or Browns take him as well depending on how the draft plays out.