University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley, arguably the top-ranked player at his position in this year's draft, is in Foxborough for a visit Wednesday with the New England Patriots. The visit is one of the team's allotted 30 pre-draft visits that often include medical examinations, meetings with coaches and a tour of the team's facility.
CSNNE.com reported last week that Gurley was expected in for a visit at some point during this week. Wednesday marks the final day for teams to host players on pre-draft visits.
Gurley, who tore his ACL during his final college season, continues to rehab from the injury but is projected as a first-round pick in next week's draft. The Patriots, who own the 32nd pick in the draft, currently have seven running backs on their roster, led by LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray, James White and free-agent signee Travaris Cadet.
The 20-year old Gurley finished his college career with 42 total touchdowns and 3,285 rushing yards on 510 carries. Gurley's 2014 campaign was cut short not just because of injury, but also by a four-game suspension resulting from profiting off of autographs, a violation of NCAA rules. He injured the knee in his first game back from the suspension.
There has not been a running back taken in the first round of the NFL draft in either of the past two years, but Gurley looks likely to break that streak. ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay has Gurley going sixth to the New York Jets in his latest mock draft, one of two ball carriers -- along with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon -- to land in the top 32.