One team that will garner plenty of attention is the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots. While Bill Belichick and company hold the last pick in the first round, the Path to the Draft crew on NFL Network sees a scenario where the team could upgrade significantly with a college star who could turn into an All-Pro.
Gurley might indeed be around when the Patriots pick in the first round because of concerns about his torn ACL. He did not go through a full medical battery of tests at the combine and will probably have to be rechecked by NFL doctors down the road. Even if everything checks out, it might be well into the 2015 season before he would able to contribute, something that might be fine for a team like New England but might not be worth a first-round pick for others.
If Belichick doesn't opt for a potential star at tailback -- or Gurley is long gone by No. 32 -- there could be a number of ways the team goes if they don't trade the pick and NFL Media analysts thinks a combine riser could be just what the team is looking for as they add weapons around Tom Brady.
"If they want to get creative at this whole thing and Gurley is not there and available, wide receiver Jaelen Strong showed that he moved himself into first round consideration at the combine," said Davis. "Big, strong, fast, physical."
As usual with the Patriots, they're most likely to zig when everybody expects them to zag in the draft, but names such as Gurley and Strong make a lot of sense if they opt to upgrade the offense.