The Rams have a new running back to give the ball to, as in the first round in the NFL Draft, the team took the best running back in the draft, taking Todd Gurley.
There’s great hope for Gurley if he can stay healthy, and that’s a big if based on the backs history.
Here’s a scouting report on Gurley.
If it weren’t for the knee injury, Todd Gurley would be my first- or second-ranked player in the 2015 NFL Draft with Jameis Winston being the only other player I would consider ranking ahead of Gurley. In speaking with sources, they agree that those two are the most talented football players in the 2015 NFL Draft. Gurley could be even more physically gifted and rare, but the importance of a quarterback would lean toward Winston being ranked No. 1. In my opinion. Gurley is the best running back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson in 2007.
Gurley burst onto the scene in the SEC during 2012. He had a superb debut to lead the Bulldogs’ ground game as he averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,385 yards with 17 touchdowns. In the SEC Championship, the freshman ran for 122 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns against Alabama’s tough defense that won the National Championship.
Gurley was awesome when healthy in 2013. The sophomore averaged six yards per carry for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 30 receptions for 344 yards and five touchdowns.
In 2014, Gurley started the season well by destroying a very good Clemson defense. He finished that game with 198 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns rushing to go along with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown. Gurley was later suspended for four games for signing autographs. Sources with multiple teams told WalterFootball.com that the suspension won’t hurt Gurley’s draft stock. They say that this is more tyrannical NCAA nonsense. League contacts say their character reports on Gurley are strong. They say he’s a good kid who loves football.
Gurley’s 2014 season ended early in his return to the field against Auburn, which had seen him quickly pick up where he left off. The junior ran for 128 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but it was called back on a penalty. Even though Georgia was up 27-7 with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Gurley was still in the game running between the tackles and while being tackled, he tore an ACL. In 2014, Gurley averaged 7.4 yards for 911 yards with nine touchdowns. He had 12 receptions for 57 yards.