Data Scout Notes: 2014: 11-15-14 - Knee INJ, Out for 2014/DS #1 Jr RB, #11/1000 Overall, Projected Round 1 in 2015 NFL Draft...10-29-14 - Suspended 4 Games by NCAA/Improper benefits...PWCamp/PMaxwell/PDoak...#07/20Feldman2014FreakList/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang/P1stM...2013: NAC/2ndM...P1stC/P1stM/PWCamp/PDoak/PMaxwell/TSX-PTW...2012: 2ndC/1stM/ARTC
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02/24/15 - 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Most Important Pro Day Dates: Georgia, March 18: No team will select Bulldogs star running back Todd Gurley in the first round without first investigating his surgically-repaired knee. Gurley hasn't committed to working out at the Bulldogs' scheduled Pro Day but is expected to attend and if doctors can evaluate him or during the Combine re-check, he has a shot at ending the two-year absence of backs in the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/15 - Georgia running back Todd Gurley is projected as a first-round pick, but a big piece of his final draft evaluation will be medical tests on his surgically repaired knee. Gurley plans to wait for the official medical re-check in April to allow teams to examine his left knee. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament November 15 -- in his first game back from a suspension handed down Oct. 9 for receiving payment for his autograph -- and surgery was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Andrews did not want teams pulling and manipulating the knee. All 323 players in attendance at the annual Scouting Combine are scheduled for thorough medical exams performed by NFL team doctors at a local hospital near downtown Indianapolis. Players do not opt out of the tests. It is not known to have happened in at least two decades.
Gurley, who signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency, will not participate in Georgia's pro day March 18. It's unlikely he will hold a workout in April before the draft. Gurley said he is just beginning to perform lateral agility drills. "The timetable is six to nine months. I got hurt in November, so I'm not really giving no timetable," said Gurley, who admitted patience is not his strong suit, Thursday afternoon. "I'm just trying to get back safe, but as quick as possible." He does not expect his recovery to hinder his draft grade. Along with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Gurley is a player teams could consider in the bottom half of the first round. No running back was selected in the first round in 2013 or 2014. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/19/15 - 2015 NFL Combine 5 Things To Know: 2. Rebirth of the RB? The running back position hasn't seen the first round since the 2012 NFL Draft, but there is a great chance that will change in April. Indiana RB Tevin Coleman is one of the backs trying to crash the top-32 party. "There are a lot of great backs in this class," Coleman said. "We're all trying to be that guy to go in the first round." Coleman won't work out at the Combine after December surgery to repair a toe injury he played through since September. Georgia RB Todd Gurley won't run in Indianapolis and won't be ready for Georgia's pro day either, but it's still a busy week for him with 24 meetings already set up, he said Thursday. Gurley tore his ACL last November and isn't expected to return to field form until the summer.
"It feels great," Gurley responded when asked about his injury. "I'm taking it day-by-day, doing some light jogging." Gurley said he lost his post-surgery limp and is starting to do lateral agility drills. Despite the injury, he hasn't lost his confidence, saying he has anger to take out once he returns to the field. Gurley also doesn't regret returning to the field after his four-game suspension for accepting money for autographs. "I'm a strong-minded person," Gurley said. "I came back because I love football. I manned up to my mistakes, suffered the consequences. Teams know I'm a great person at the end of the day." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 NFL Combine: Five Bold Predictions...1. The most important Combine test won't be on television...The NFL Combine is imperative to NFL prospects, but for more than merely 40-yard dash times. The medical evaluations and interviews carry much more weight, although they won't grab the headlines. Florida State QB Jameis Winston might throw, he might not, but everyone knows his interviews are what will drive his draft stock. Every year there is one prospect who garners the most attention in the media room (2014: Johnny Manziel; 2013: Manti Te'o; 2012: Andrew Luck; 2011: Cam Newton; 2010: Tim Tebow, etc.) and this year there is no doubt that Winston will be this year's media darling when he steps to the podium to face the music.
Georgia RB Todd Gurley won't perform any drills in Indianapolis, but after tearing his ACL in November, NFL teams are eager for an update on his rehab process. As long as Gurley receives two thumbs up from the trainers that his rehab is on track, he will be drafted in the first round. Several other players have questions that need answered. UCLA DE Owa Odighizuwa should test well, but after two hip surgeries in 2013, what is his long-term prognosis? Washington CB Marcus Peters was kicked off the team after multiple run-ins with the coaching staff; Can he convince NFL teams that he's worth the risk in the first round? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 22/2. *Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia, 6-1, 226, 4.52, 1...Gurley is a big back with a fearless, in-your-face style that is similar to Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode. Gurley was on track to be a top-10 draft pick until Nov. 15, 2014 when he tore the ACL in his left knee, which was surgically repaired Nov. 26 and the ETA for a return to combat approximately the time of his 21st birthday on August 3. Gurley was a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, but that disappeared even before the ACL injury when, on October 9, he was suspended indefinitely -- which turned into four games -- for accepting $3,000 to autograph memorabilia. In his first game back, Gurley blew out the ACL, leaving his yards rushing for the year at an ominous total of 911. More red flags: Gurley missed three games with an ankle injury in 2013 and after his departure last season, his replacement, Nick Chubb, was so productive that some scouts wonder if Georgia's offensive line should get more credit. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange