2015 NFL Draft Rumors: Todd Gurley a Top-10 Pick?
It was only a couple of months ago that Georgia running back Todd Gurley was being written off as a potential first round pick. Now he might be a first round lock. Per reports, the “word on the street” is that Gurley could even be a top-10 lock, as he is now rumored to be going off the draft board somewhere between the sixth and 10th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Gurley, easily the most talented rusher entering this year’s draft, saw his draft stock dip considerably due to a torn ACL. However, due to positive medical reports that give “two thumbs up” for his recovery and future prospects, it looks like he’s gaining steam yet again as a top flight prospect.
Gurley was already only truly in competition with Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, and considering Gurley is the more complete back with more upside, it sounds like some NFL teams are ready to look past his knee issue and make him the first running back drafted in 2015.
The big question is, who drafts him? If we’re to believe the 6-10 range that is being reported, that could leave the New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and St. Louis Rams as the leading candidates. The Giants have a full stable of backs, the Bears have Matt Forte and the Rams just drafted Tre Mason, though, so we can probably safely rule those three teams out.
That leaves us with the Jets and Falcons. We already knew the Falcons would be looking for help in their offensive backfield, given the failed experiment with Steven Jackson. Devonta Freeman could still end up being the guy for them, but he’s not an exciting player and Gurley is a generational talent.
The Jets, on the other hand, are a little interesting. They have Chris Ivory in place and recently signed Stevan Ridley. Of course, a new regime has taken over, so it’s highly possible Gang Green could want to operate a power run offense with a new franchise back. That running back could be Todd Gurley.
There’s no doubt both the Jets and Falcons are probably interested in Gurley, but that doesn’t mean he’ll go that high. However, if he does, the Falcons might be the safer bet. New York still has major questions at quarterback and defensive-minded rookie head coach Todd Bowles could be more inclined to add even more stud talent to his loaded defense.
Regardless of which team in the top-10 takes Gurley, or if he even gets taken that high, one thing is for sure: teams are starting to sweeten up to the idea of spending a first round pick on the former Bulldog.
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