Now that the recent NFL draft has come and gone, fans are already talking about which players will be selected in the first round of next year’s draft. Georgia Bulldogs‘ running back Todd Gurley and Texas A&M Aggies‘ offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi are two of the main SEC players expected to be first-round draft picks. Although Ogbuehi will likely become another Aggie lineman to be selected in the first round, I expect Gurley to be the first SEC player selected.
Gurley has shown that he is the best running back in the entire country. The 6-foot-1 and 232 pound running back has a rare combination of speed and strength. In his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, Gurley has rushed for almost 2,400 yards and 27 touchdowns to go along with 558 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Those are the type of numbers that not many backs are capable of putting up in their first two seasons.
It is hard to find another running back with the kind of game Gurley has. He has the ability to run defenders over, but can also out-run them. Gurley has the best balance I have ever seen in a running back his size since Adrian Peterson. Yes, that is high praise for a player who hasn’t been completely healthy during his career, but Gurley is just that good.
What makes his career so much more interesting is the fact that Gurley came to Georgia as the less highly-rated running back in the Bulldogs’ 2012 recruiting class. He was joined by fellow running back Keith Marshall, who many thought was the best running back coming out of that class. So far, Gurley has proved that he is the better back of the two, and that’s not a knock on Marshall. Gurley just has the “it” factor about him.
Come next May, don’t be surprised to hear Gurley’s named called within the first few picks of the draft. There is no doubt that he is the most NFL-ready running back in college football. NFL teams are going to drool over the opportunity to draft Gurley, and I don’t blame them.