Photo of Todd Gurley
Drafted By: Rams
  • Round 1
  • Pick 10
  • Overall 10

Combine Results

6.3 ?
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I like the Marshawn Lynch comparison. St. Louis wants to win games the same way that Seattle and San Francisco do in the same division, that is by running the football and playing great defense and special teams. Gurley has Olympic-type speed. I love this pick for St. Louis, which already has a great defense and Gurley will help out Nick Foles." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 222LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


In 2014, started first five games before being suspended for four games for violating NCAA rules (accepted more than $3,000 to autograph memorabilia). In his first game back from suspension against Auburn, he tore his ACL. Rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries against Clemson. In 2013, started 10 games, but missed three due to ankle injury. Tore through Clemson with 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder on his first carry of the season. In 2012, selected second-team All-SEC, Freshman All-SEC and was the second freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in Georgia history (Herschel Walker in 1980). Set Georgia freshman record with 17 rushing touchdowns. Selected North Carolina Player of the Year in 2011 at Tarboro High School. Won three consecutive 2A State Championships. Gurley was hurdler for Team USA in Europe during spring and summer of 2011 and competed for the Bulldogs in 2013 indoor season. Finished the 60-meter hurdles with the seventh-fastest time in school history (8.12).



Rare blend of speed and power. Immense power in legs and shows balance through contact. Shreds arm tackles and has speed to house it. Very hard to tackle on an angle. Professional, decisive runner. Presses line of scrimmage to set up his cut-back runs. Gets downhill with knee bend and forward lean, staying small through the hole. Uses quick, tight steps to second level. Will sink and explode into tackler or side-step and jet, causing hesitation in downhill safeties with their approach. Converts "speed to power" between tackles and around corner. Rarely looks to run out of bounds and finishes his runs. Able to factor out of the backfield with soft hands and ability to adjust to throws. In 2014, churned out an amazing 61.9 percent of his rushing yardage after contact. Strong hands and carries ball tight to his body. Only three fumbles in 510 carries.


Missed three games in 2013 due to ankle injury and tore his ACL in 2014. Questions about whether he'll return back to his play speed are a big concern. Vision is average. Still gaining feel as a zone runner. Too locked into looking for cutback lanes when play-side run is open. Can get better at setting up blockers in space. Average creativity in tight quarters. Patience and tempo as a runner can improve. Quick passing attack limited his protection opportunities but was very average when given the shot.

Draft Projection

Round 1

NFL Comparison

Marshawn Lynch

Bottom Line

The rehab work and NFL Scouting Combine medicals will be extremely important for Gurley's draft stock as teams assess his potential durability as an NFL running back. He played less than 40 percent of his team's offensive snaps over the last three years, so there is plenty of tread still on the tires. Has the talent to be a top-five NFL running back, but ACL tear clouds the short-term picture.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.