by Daniel Visconti
As a season ticket holder for UGA, over the years I’ve had the privilege of watching a future superstar in the NFL every Saturday at “Between the Hedges” in Athens, GA. This incredible athlete jumped over defenders, ran over defenders, ran past defenders, jumped into the end zone from the six yard line and soared past the goal line, complete a 60 yard pass, return kickoffs for touchdowns, and so much more. If it isn’t obvious enough, my favorite player that has ever played at UGA (at least up to this moment in time) is without a doubt Todd Gurley. I had the pleasure of watching one of the most dynamic athletes I’ve ever seen every Saturday. Honestly, even though Nick Chubb is a Heisman Candidate for the 2015 season, you can’t replace a playmaker/athlete/leader like Todd Gurley.
On April 16th, Todd Gurley had his knee medically inspected by the NFL combine doctors. The NFL combine doctors gave Gurley two thumbs up in regards to his progression and when that news spread around the league, everybody’s “Mock Draft” drastically changed. I’ve personally never seen anything like that before. According to the NFL combine doctors, Gurley’s knee will be 100 percent by the time practice starts. Once this news broke out, Gurley went from a late first round pick/early second round pick to a top 10 pick in the draft.
A lot of people might call me crazy, but I want to compare Gurley’s collegiate career to that of Adrian Peterson’s. After doing hours upon hours of research, the similarities between the two phenom’s are mind blowing. Below, I have listen the pros and cons of Adrian Peterson along with his size and speed, and compared the numbers directly against Todd Gurley’s numbers. Once you’re done looking at the comparison, the main question I bet you’ll walk away with today is, “Will Todd Gurley be the next Adrian Peterson in the NFL?” Only time will tell.
• Adrian Peterson- Junior at Oklahoma
• Height- 6’1
• Weight- 220 lbs.
• 40 yard dash- 4.37
• 71 percent of rushing yardage after contact
• 1 receiving touchdown/0 kick-off returns for touchdowns
• Fumbled 17 times out 747 total carries
• Voted second in the Heisman Race
• 42 touchdowns/747 carries
• Average Yards per Carry- 5.4
Had one of the greatest freshman rushing seasons of all-time in 2004. Almost single-handily led the Sooners to a National Championship, only to fall short to the Pete Carroll led USC Trojans at the height of their dominant CFB reign in the mid-2000s. Injuries continued to plague Peterson throughout the remainder of his CFB career. Even leading into the draft where a broken collarbone lead to doubting one of the draft’s most unquestionable talents.
Draft: 1st round, 7th overall of the 2007 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. After the likes of Jamarcus Russell, Gaines Adams, Levi Brown and LaRon Landry.
• Todd Gurley- coming out of college, the follow are Gurley’s physical attributes.
• Height- 6’1
• Weight- 233 lbs.
• 40 yard dash- 4.43
• 61.9 percent of rushing yardage after contact
• 6 receiving touchdowns/2 kickoffs returned for touchdowns
• Fumbled 3 times out of 510 cares.
• Was the favorite to win the Heisman before his NCAA suspension
• 39 touchdowns/510 carries
• Average yards per carry- 6.4 yards
**All six NFL Media analysts who have posted mock drafts project Gurley to go ahead of WISC RB Melvin Gordon — including one mock that has him going No. 6 overall
**NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger believes Gurley is the most talented player in the entire draft.
**The evaluator said Gurley rates as the best prospect the league has seen since Peterson came out of Oklahoma.
**To conclude this blog, my prediction is Gurley will be a top 5 back in the league his rookie season. Trying to top Adrian Peterson seems absurd, but if anybody has the talent to do it, it would be Todd Gurley.
Prediction: I believe Todd Gurley will be the 9th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the New York Giants.