Easily the most explosive RB in the 2015 NFL draft, Todd Gurley’s 2014 season was ended by an ACL tear that may delay his NFL debut.
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The Detroit Lions have brought in former Georgia star RB Todd Gurley for a pre-draft visit despite continuing to rehab an ACL tear he suffered during the 2014 season.
“I’m doing pretty good,” Gurley told detroitlions.com during a pre-draft visit in Allen Park on Monday. “I’m down in Pensacola, Florida rehabbing. I haven’t started running yet. I’ve been squatting, jump ropes, ladder and I’m building strength and definitely feeling a lot stronger.”
As a true freshman in the Southeastern Conference, Gurley rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns. He rushed for 773 yards with eight touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ first five games last season before being suspended four games for selling autographed memorabilia.
On November 15, his first game back from suspension, Gurley rushed for 138 yards and another score before tearing his ACL.
“A lot of people actual don’t know what’s going on at the (Scouting) combine,” Gurley said of the situation. “It’s seven or eight different rooms and you have like five teams in each room and people are going to be poking and pulling and prodding on you and I didn’t want 32 teams doing that.
“Just being two months out of surgery I didn’t think that would be the right thing to do and it probably would have set me back being sore.”
Despite being one of the top two RB prospects in the 2015 NFL draft alongside Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Gurley’s draft position could be anywhere from No. 6 overall to the Jets or the 4th round.