According to Knox Bardeen, the Panthers will the Panthers will be hosting Georgia RB Todd Gurley for a pre-draft visit on Thursday.
- Gurley mentioned that he’s hoping to get an invite to attend the 2015 NFL draft in Chicago, per Bardeen.
The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they hosted Gurley, so he’s beginning to make his rounds.
Gurley is considered by many to be the most talented running back in this year’s draft class, even though he’s coming off of a torn ACL that forced him to miss this year’s Scouting Combine.
At the Combine, Gurley didn’t allow NFL teams to inspect his surgically repaired knee, which generated some speculation about his recovery. However, Gurley explains that having a number of teams messing with your surgically repaired knee isn’t exactly an ideal situation.
“A lot of people actual don’t know what’s going on at the combine,” Gurley said earlier in the week, via Tim Twentyman of the DetroitLions.com. “It’s seven or eight different rooms and you have like five teams in each room and people are going to be poking and pulling and prodding on you and I didn’t want 32 teams doing that.
“Just being two months out of surgery I didn’t think that would be the right thing to do and it probably would have set me back being sore.”
Gurley added that he’s doing “pretty good” with his recovery, but hasn’t started running yet.
“I’m doing pretty good,” Gurley said. “I’m down in Pensacola, Florida rehabbing. I haven’t started running yet. I’ve been squatting, jump ropes, ladder and I’m building strength and definitely feeling a lot stronger.”
Last year, Gurley was suspended for four games after it was found that he accepted money for autographs.
Upon returning to Georgia, Gurley unfortunately sustained the season-ending knee injury.
Gurley finished his college career with 3,285 rushing yards on 510 carries (6.4 YPC) to go along with 65 receptions for 615 yards receiving and 42 total touchdowns. He also contributed two kick return touchdowns as well.