Of all the players in the 2015 NFL Draft, Todd Gurley could very well have been the most talented of the class. He slipped all the way to St. Louis at the 10th pick, and even then could’ve went higher due to his durability issues which pushed teams away. He would go on to miss the first two games of the season, but make his NFL debut in week 3.
In Gurley’s debut, he was very disappointing and posted only 9 yards on 6 carries. Even then, head coach Jeff Fisher remained all in on the rookie running back and said he ran “very well”. Gurley would prove why Fisher was so faithful this past week as he ran for 146 yards, averaging nearly 8 yards per rush. He ran wild on a tough Arizona front and broke off runs of 52, 30, 23, 20 and 12 yards. This is a sign of things to come for the young RB with upside through the roof.
What makes Gurley so special is his rare blend of speed and power. He runs the ball like a seasoned veteran with instinct; definitely a player beyond his years. A tough, physical runner, he gets most of his yards after contact. Leading up to the draft, he received many comparisons to Marshawn Lynch, and deservedly so.
Since Jeff Fisher has been a coach, he has always leaned towards the running game to get the job done. An old school guy who looks to win games by overpowering opponents, and what better way to do so than with Todd Gurley. Fisher has had successful running backs such as Eddie George and Chris Johnson, Gurley is next in line and has the potential to be even better.
From here on out, Todd Gurley is a stud in the fantasy landscape. For years to come he’ll be an RB1 and a 1st-2nd round pick in fantasy drafts. Greatness is upon us. This year he’ll be in the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation, within the next 2-3 years he’ll already be arguably the best RB in the game, if he can stay healthy. In week five he heads to Green Bay to take on a Packers team that has given up major production to star rushers like Matt Forte and Jamaal Charles. Gurley could become the third running back this year to shred the Packers, but even if he doesn’t, he’s well on his way to paying off for owners who picked him up in the middle rounds of their drafts this year.