Question time: Should the Falcons draft Todd Gurley?

Todd Gurley ascendant. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Todd Gurley ascendant. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Todd Gurley ascendant. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

With the eighth pick of Round 1, the Falcons pick … this guy? (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Simple question: If Todd Gurley is available when the Atlanta Falcons’ Round 1 turn arrives in next week’s draft, should they take him?

Simple answer: Alas, there isn’t one.

They need a pass rusher. We agree on that. We’ve agreed on that for years, if not decades, if not centuries. The Falcons have hired a coach from the Seattle Seahawks, who won with defense, yes, but also with a powerful runner, and Gurley is believed to mirror Marshawn Lynch more than any other contemporary NFL back.

Running back as a position has become devalued. Everyone agrees on that, too. There was no back taken in Round 1 of the past two drafts. But most analysts see Gurley as the best runner of the past few drafts, and taking him at No. 8 wouldn’t be a reach, at least in terms of talent. (He’s projected as a top 10 draftee.)

Back to the question: If you’re the Falcons, would you take Gurley? For feedback purposes, there’s a poll below. Please avail yourselves.

Reader Comments 2

217 comments
sacks
sacks

Hell No on Gurley..His back up was 4 times better...Gurley has been injury prone his whole carreer!

swb7
swb7

@sacks He played every game his Freshman year. Missed two games to a sprained ankle his Sophomore year and missed the last two games last year. He was suspended for 6 though.  

FiftyBlue
FiftyBlue

julio's getting old!  thomas should trade 5 picks for another wide receiver like amari!!  in a couple of years, atl will be in the super bowl!!

Ron Mexico
Ron Mexico

It seems like a risk taking any RB that early. Those guys take such a beating and Gurley won't even be ready for the 1st game. The Falcons need to load up on the big uglies and D.

slydawg
slydawg

My belief is that it's a moot point. Gurley will not be drafted in the first round unless it's by a team that has the luxury of doing so, not a need. When will he be healthy? Is he the best player available if he isn't ready to go by Game 1? I see Gurley going late first round, at best. The Falcons would be better served trading down if Marriota is still on the board after pick 3 AND if there "guy" isn't there. Or go with best player available, which may be WR, CB Trae Waynes, or S Landon Collins.

Furthermore Falcons would add a McCoy type of runner to fit this offense, not a bruiser, because the offense is more prolific than the one in Seattle.

Check history ; The Shannahan Offense has thrived on low round, one cut read running backs. Basically, the blocking scheme does not require Gurley's exceptional talent ( of course, the Falcons need his talent more than anything).

If Gurley is still on the board in Round 2, the Falcons may take him then. I actually think Duke Johnson will be the pick in Rd 3.

EricEllis
EricEllis

The Falcons' offense can already play with anybody in the league.  The issue on this team is and has always been DEFENSE!  There is just no getting around the fact that this team needs help on defense first, second, third, and last!  What in the hell was the point of getting a defensive guru in Quinn if your first pick is going to be a RB who just blew out his knee?  Makes no sense to me whatsoever...

acgypsy
acgypsy

Assuming that Dante Fowler, Leonard Williams, Shane Ray are all drafted before the Falcons turn at eight the question is do you want the 4th best pass rusher in the draft most likely Vic Beasley or a once in a generation RB in Gurley.


The Falcons will regret not drafting Gurley not only for his obvious football talent, but also for the PR he will provide especially with a new stadium on the horizon. I vote for Gurley.

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

Without him or Gordon, we will essentially put it all back in Ryan's lap - no running game whatsoever.  It may be a moot point with our line.  Not a good situation to be in.

candlin14
candlin14

What is the purpose with an offensive line as bad as ours. My god ATL, trade down for once and see how that treats you. Obviously trading up has not been the answer.

JSSN
JSSN

@candlin14

Don't let that wannabe oligarch correct your post!

Wilbo
Wilbo

I just hate it when the really good comments get buried way down in the thread - and obviously most of the commenters on these posts are far more interesting and creative writers than the insipid homer doofwad who puts this goofy stuff up for the AJC - so I just had to bring this gem by We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again to light:


"Gurley is an absolute superstar. He'd give the Falcons their first legitimate running game since Michael Turner was in his prime."


Wee Willy are you a comedienne  doing a local club? If so please let us know where and when, maybe some of us would come see you!


One thing that puts Michael Turner way ahead of most Falcons is that yes, he did indeed have a prime, but most of that prime was well spent before he came to Atlanta GA. As a Falcon, he could probably run over your grandmaw if she was standing by herself right there in front of him, but Turner the Burner had turned into such a slow burn by that time, if he tried to run around her 6 or 7 other people would have already jumped on his back by the time he actually got within a yard and 1/2 of the line of scrimmage.


Let somebody else waste their $ and Time on Todd Gurley. The Falcons have enough loser projects already.


The Falcons are desperately short of linemen and linebackers, why is that so hard for people (and the useless organization, itself) to remember?

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

If Fowler or Williams aren't there trade back and get more picks. Gurley will be there in the 20s. The Falcons don't have the luxury on rolling the dice on a RB with a top 10 pick.

I'm a HUGE Gurley fan but the injury combined with the bad judgement knocked him out of the top 10 on my draft board.

GT71
GT71

As if Dan will read this and be influenced.

But Dan, if you are dumb enough to read this, here's another NO vote.  Not a good person apparently, too much baggage, to many 'dings' and most of all - - -

The Falcons need a LOT of help on the D and O lines.

Start there - it's where football games are still won...or lost.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

The Falcons should trade every single draft pick they have for real players. This front office has proven they are no good at drafting players.

J. Holloway
J. Holloway

Get him and he can continue pursuing his degree nearby I am sure. As well as sell the rest of those jerseys.

Dawggie
Dawggie

Absolutely not.  Gurley is a great, competitive RB, but his reckless abandon running style will keep him dinged-up and on the sidelines in the NFL.

BobbyDawg
BobbyDawg

They better be thinking about the future and be in position to take Nick Chubb or Derick Henry in the 2017 draft. Until then throw a band-aid on it like they did with Steven Jackson.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@BobbyDawg That's the same thing many were saying about Gurley and Marshall 2 years ago. 

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

No, no, no...it would be a wasted draft pick on an injured slacker who has no ethics and would never last more than a few games at best.  No, no, no...don't draft Girlie.

candlin14
candlin14

@RickinWarnerRobins


NO ETHICS??? CMON MAN


You don't know the guy and neither do I, Seemed like a good kid who tried making a dollar like everyone else on this planet. You laundry must be the cleanest in Atlanta their RICK!

Loganmoss
Loganmoss

Let Dan Quinn make that call. I have no confidence in this current Atlanta Falcons regime to draft a defensive end in the first round. This current regime has drafted more defensive ends than any other position and it's all been failures. Hell when have the Falcons hit on a defensive end? Kearney maybe? Last time they drafted a defensive end in first round was Jamal Anderson. Really! What's interesting to me is look at the defensive moves we made in free agency, look at the current roster going into the draft, factor in a first year defensive minded head coach who has not had a chance yet to work with any of last years left overs or the new free agent signees and it's almost screaming draft Gurley. Given the fact this is a first year coach working with all players just how much playing time would this new defensive end get? 50 60% of the time. Remember the newly drafted defensive end will not be the only one Quinn will be working with to improve. It's a tough call but I believe if Gurley is truly healing and will be ready to play I would go with him and give Quinn a year to see what he can do with this defense. You have defensive players on the roster. You do not have a running back. Vic Beasley would be my second choice. If Gurley is who you want don't think about trading back and taking him later. Gurley is such a wild card that someone else could trade up and take him ahead of you.

braves for life
braves for life

No Questions Please.of course. Todd Gurley.is the best pick for the Falcons.

brian4567
brian4567

Sure, the Falcons would benefit from Gurley. There is just too much spent on this offense to justify it. 2/3 of the cap is already spent on offense. It is easy to say "trade down" but there may be no offers from other teams. 

Darkaine
Darkaine

No

Heck No

Hell NO!!


If the pass rusher isn't there then trade back and get more picks. I love Gurley but we have way too many needs to waste a top pick on a RB that isn't going to fix the defense. There will be plenty of solid rb's to choose from in the 2nd if that is really an option to consider. I can't believe Yes is winning this poll.

Columbus68
Columbus68

ALL consistent championship contenders and Super Bowl winners have a great running game. Usually with one back but NE does it by committee recently.  BEAST MODE in GA if you get Gurley. No doubt.  He is definitely a BEAST and you cannot go wrong picking him. The question remains does he help the team overall more than by picking a pass rusher or other defensive player. If I was not in LOVE with the best pass rushers available, I would find it extremely hard to not pick Gurley instead.  He will be in the top 3 backs in the league immediately and the top back in 2-3 years. A back like him only comes along once every 20 years.....or more.  Hall of Fame back if he stays healthy. No doubt.

REGAN1966
REGAN1966

@Columbus68 HoF no doubt and he has NEVER taken a snap in the NFL.....Can I have some of what you are smoking?

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Columbus68 you just have too much red and black in you..


If the Birds were a really good team then maybe take the chance but with so many holes to fix no way on a RB at that slot 


REGAN1966
REGAN1966

Think the Falcons can make some trades to get All SEC Record holding QB...Aaron Murray too? I heard Tony Dungy thought Aaron BOXSCORE Murray was a first round draft pick. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@POAD5150  Give me BOXSCORE players any time, except defensive backs, and I will beat your team 9 out of 10 times.

REGAN1966
REGAN1966

@Columbus68 don't bet on it unless you mean AM 1st round pick for Insurance salesman's flag football league. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@POAD5150 @Quackmeyer  Why not the NFL?????  Put up the numbers and you win most games.  You can't beat me with a good locker room only.

candlin14
candlin14

Trade down one time for the love of God. Have some brains for once Dimitrioff.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@candlin14  That is asking a lot of him considering 'noisegate' had him befuddled.

We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again
We_Will_Get_Fooled_Again

I want Gurley in a Falcons uniform, badly. Do we have bigger needs than a dominant running back? Sure, but screw it. At the end of the day sports is about entertainment, and having Gurley in Atlanta would be insanely fun. He'd instantly become one of the most popular Falcons of all time.

Gurley is an absolute superstar. He'd give the Falcons their first legitimate running game since Michael Turner was in his prime.

Mike
Mike

If he didn't play for UGA would this even be a topic.

Columbus68
Columbus68

@Mike Wrong. Best player available is ALWAYS in the conversation. 

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