Todd Gurley Is Too Good to Pass Up in the First Round of the NFL Draft

March 28, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Drafting a running back in the first round can be viewed as a negative due to the short shelf life at the position. These guys take a pounding at the pro level, the carries add up and injuries can force a quick decline once they lose the burst in their legs.
That's why we see so many NFL teams invest in the position during the later rounds of the draft—or even with undrafted college free agents—to find value at the position. Think of running backs that can carry the load in a professional backfield for three to four years before they are replaced with the next group of mid-to-late tier prospects.
However, when you see a special talent on tape, a difference-maker at the position like Georgia's Todd Gurley, can you afford to pass on a player who should bring a Day 1 impact to your offense?
With Gurley, I just put on the tape and let it roll. He's a star: a power back with an NFL frame (6'1", 222 pounds) who rips through tackles and drops his pad level to punish...

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