Todd Gurley: Making a case for Atlanta Falcons

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Nov 30, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates a touchdown in the first half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Worth the Risk

In short, if Gurley is still available at the top of the second-round, general manager Thomas Dimitroff shouldn’t put his phone down until he has made a trade.

Gurley has the potential to become a special talent in the NFL, providing he makes a full recovery from his torn ACL.

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That’s the big question mark. Right now, it looks like he’s on the right track. Assuming this remains the case, the Falcons should be willing to take the risk on him.

Gurley has a rare blend of speed and power. He fights for every yard and is so difficult to bring down with initial contact. Per Lance Zierlein of, Gurley added 61.9 percent of his rushing yardage after contact.

It’s that kind of statistic that makes you have to stand and take notice of Gurley.

Imagine an offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan, with the play-making ability of receiver Julio Jones backed up with the dominant running play of Gurley.

With that trio, the Falcons would have the core players to boast one of the scariest offenses in the entire NFL.

Of course, the defense needs work. A lot of work.

Gurley will likely be gone way before the Falcons can even think about their second-round pick. But if he gets anywhere close to the 42nd-overall selection, Dimitroff should make a move.

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