From a football standpoint Todd Gurley is the most talented running back to enter the league since Adrian Peterson. His game is comparable to a combination of Le’Veon Bell and Marshawn Lynch. The problem is there is a major injury that needs to be accounted for and that brings a lot of risk.
Gurley pre-injury could have easily been considered a top 5 pick even in today’s NFL that has somewhat devalued the running back position. He is the type of back that could carry a team on his shoulders and run them into the postseason. With the injury though, his draft stock is very much up for debate.
Teams will be able to evaluate the injury, but it doesn’t appear that he will be able to do a full workout to show where he is athletically since the injury. In addition once you have a serious injury like an ACL tear you are at an increased risk of a 2nd tear within the first 5 years. While it’s far from a certainty, teams have to prepare for the possibility. In addition it’s likely that Gurley will need to be limited as a rookie.
While some players (Adrian Peterson) can come back in a short time frame and show no ill effects from the injury, most players need 11-12 months to really get back to where they were pre-injury. Even if Gurley doesn’t start the season on the PUP list, he’s likely to be on a snap count as a rookie.