Todd Gurley declares for 2015 NFL draft
No surprise here. Todd Gurley is declaring for the 2015 NFL draft.
The star running back at the University of Georgia began his junior campaign as a clear Heisman front-runner. But after his hot start, he was suspended four games for being paid for signing autographs and then tore his ACL in a 34-7 win over Auburn.
Even so, Gurley will enter the draft as one of the top two running backs, alongside Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon. Gurley finished his junior season with 911 yards and nine touchdowns in just six games.
The torn ACL could cause Gurley's stock to drop some. Before the injury Gurley was a sure-fire first-round draft pick, and potentially a top 10 guy at a position that's trending the opposite way in the NFL. According to The Macon Telegraph, Georgia coach Mark Richt said Gurley's rehab is going "beautifully" after announcing his decision.
Gurley's potential at the next level, despite the current situation with the injury, may be too much to pass up, especially in the late first round by a team that has an established but aging runner on their team. Gurley could be someone to invest in and work into the rotation in year one, with hopes of letting him loose as a healthy second-year player.
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