Vic Beasley and Todd Gurley will probably be forever linked. The player taken between the two, Ereck Flowers, probably won’t. Dan Quinn had a chance to pick one of the top players in the 2015 NFL draft, setting the tone for his team in the future. Would he grab the the 6-foot-1, 222-pound running back that fits the Marshawn Lynch mold of his Seattle Seahawks? Or would he go for the undersized but speedy pass rusher Vic Beasley?
We know how this worked out, and both players have gone on to flash serious talent. Gurley has been dominant in his first and third season, most recently putting up over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and nearly 20 touchdowns. His yards per carry is simply absurd, and he’s shown he’s one of the league’s most deadly catching the ball out of the backfield.
Gurley may be the most complete running back in the league, and was considered by many to be the best player available. Vic Beasley had a monster sophomore season, but spent most of the 2017 season looking like a rookie again.
Are the Falcons in trouble? I think Atlanta’s secondary and pass rush can limit Jared Goff and the passing attack, but I’m not as sure that the undersized linebackers can bottle up Gurley all game. Seriously, Gurley is the exact same size as our starting middle linebacker.
Gurley has some added motivation to make the Falcons wish they picked him back in 2015. Especially since some UGA/Falcons fans will be watching Saturday’s game.