With the tenth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Todd Gurley out of Georgia.
Position: Running Back
Measurables: 6’1”, 222 lbs, 31 ½” arm length, 10” hands
The end of Gurley’s 2014 campaign hurt his draft stock after he tore his ACL in his first game back from a four-game suspension (violation of NCAA rules). However, when he was healthy, Gurley performed at an elite level above and beyond all but a few of his peers. His freshman season in 2012 will be one remembered in Athens for decades, as he finished second-team All-SEC and became just the second Bulldogs freshman to post a 1,000-yard rushing season (Herschel Walker, 1980).
When he’s on the field, Gurley utilizes a breathtaking mixture of impressive speed and explosive power to both run by and through defenders in pursuit. Almost impossible to tackle if you don’t square him up, he is a pure downhill rusher who also has the deceptive feet to sidestep hits and burst to the second level. 61.9% of his rushing yardage came after contact in 2014. That’s an insane percentage which could easily translate to superstardom at the next level.
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