The NFL Draft begins this week, with teams making their first selections of the three-day process on Thursday night. We are taking a look at some of the players who could be on the Miami Dolphins' radar as the Draft gets closer.
Todd Gurley, Running Back, Georgia
Weight: 222 pounds
Arm Length: 31-1/2"
40-yd Dash: None
Bench: 17 reps
Broad Jump: None
Strengths: Speedy running back who runs with power. Is not afraid of contact, and seems to enjoy delivering the hit. Lowers his pads and tries to run through people to pick up the extra yard. Sets up his blocks well, and cuts back to create space. Has good vision and anticipates openings. Good hands to be a pass catching option as well.
Weaknesses: Injury concerns, specifically about his torn ACL, but has had some other issues including an ankle injury that led to missed playing time. While he does set up blocks well, he can get impatient if he has to wait for them. Needs to improve his pass blocking, but is willing to do it.
Overall: Is one of the top talents in the Draft, but will be downgraded because of the knee issue. Questions will continue to surface of whether the post-ACL tear will match the pre-ACL tear Gurley's ability. If the Dolphins, or another club, are convinced his knee is ready, or will be at some point during the year, Gurley could become a star in the league. Conventional comparisons are Marshawn Lynch, and if he anything near that level, no one will complain about the "reach" a first round draft choice used on a running back will be considered on Thursday.