Gurley has the size and reliable hands (zero drops in 2010) to develop into a quality possession receiver in the NFL, but questions about his straight-line speed and maturity could keep him in the late rounds. A team willing to gamble on his upside could be rewarded, as he has the tools to ultimately be a more impactful NFL receiver than he was in college.
Positives: Rare size for position. Good strength to break free from the jam. Enough speed to challenge deep. Can stick his foot in the ground and create some separation. Shields the defender from the ball on slants. Flashes the hands and flexibility to extend and pluck outside of his frame. Reliable hands. Allow too many passes into his chest, but secures them quickly before turning upfield. Tough for one defender to bring down. Good effort downfield as a blocker. Looks the part.
Negatives: Only marginal speed overall. Typically lined up inside as a slot receiver and may lack the speed to play outside. Relies on his size and physicality to get open on underneath patterns. Shows good effort as a downfield blocker, but has only marginal awareness. Some questions about his maturity."
Positive: Big possession receiver who has looked great at times the last two years. Effectively settles into the open area of the field, uses his frame to shield away opponents, and gets vertical to beat defenders on jump balls. Displays good eye/hand coordination, can pull the fastball from the air, and gives effort running after the catch. Reliable receiver who makes catches away from his body. Displays a sense of timing.
Negative: Displays minimal quickness and speed. Poor route runner. Must pick up the intensity as a blocker and needs to get better results for such a large receiver.
Analysis: Gurley has been an adequate receiver in South Carolina's offense the past two years yet has an undeveloped game. He made a poor decision entering the draft and is likely to spend a year or two a team's practice squad developing his skills."
Negatives: Marginal speed, takes awhile for him to get to top speed and he does not have breakaway ability... Below-average after the catch, not elusive, gets run down from behind... Did not post great numbers in college, only had 905 career yards and six career touchdowns... Still a bit raw as a prospect... Seemed to fade towards the end of the year, only had five catches over his last four games... May be asked to gain weight and move to tight end... Will turn 24 during his rookie season... Would have liked to see him return to school to refine his game a bit, but his mother has financial problems that he wants to help with, combined with his age forced his hand."
He redshirted at South Carolina in 2008, and then, in 2009, he put up 31 catches for 440 and scored a pair of touchdowns.
In 2010, he put up his best numbers as a collegian (44-465-4), as the #2 receiving target behind all-everything receiver, Alshon Jeffrey.
Tori petitioned for early entry to the 2011 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Big enough to be used as a move TE, and has the frame to even possibly be asked to bulk up and play in line. Big receiver who breaks the jam with physicality. Willing blocker. Solid athlete, and pretty good hands. Can box out and is effective in the red zone. Coachable and likable. Talent hidden slightly behind Jeffrey in college.
Weaknesses: Gets lazy at times, and rounds off his routes. Makes it obvious when he is not getting the ball. Blocks, but breaks down and lunges to block, and will miss. Will double-catch and fight catchable balls. Not the quickest WR off the LOS. Slightly over-aged coming out of college.
Projection: 5th rounder."
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