Gurley is rehabbing from ACL surgery; he suffered the injury in late November, but still is seen as a first-round pick. Gurley (6-foot-0 5/8, 222 pounds) is both physical and fast, and he also is an effective receiver. The Lions own the 23rd overall pick.
Gurley told detroitlions.com that he is rehabbing in Florida. "I haven't started running yet," he said. "... I'm building strength and definitely feeling a lot stronger."
The Lionsrecently released Reggie Bush, and detroitlions.com wrote that "the team would like to pair someone with workhorse Joique Bell and continue to use Theo Riddick as a pass-catching weapon." Bell is a journeyman who is not a breakaway threat; assuming he returns to full health, Gurley is a breakaway threat and has the potential to be a Pro Bowl-type back.
Gurley is the No. 13 player on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's list of the top 50 players available in the draft. All six NFL Media analysts who have done mock drafts -- Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger, Bucky Brooks, Charley Casserly, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein -- have Gurley going in the first round; Brooks, Davis and Zierlein have Gurley being available when Detroit picks 23rd.