A running back?
Yes, a running back.
First of all, the running-back position ain't what it used to be. In the pass-happy NFL, running backs have become devalued, evidenced by the fact that there hasn't been a first-round pick at the position since 2012. That year, three backs went in the first round -- Trent Richardson (a bust), Doug Martin (on the verge of bust-dom) and David Wilson (retired due to a neck injury).
Gurley was an exceptional player at Georgia, when healthy. I've had scouts tell me he's a top-5 talent. He's a three-down back with every trait on the checklist, including pass-catching ability. The concern is that he's coming off major knee surgery. He wrecked his ACL last November, so he's only five months removed from the operation.
From all indications, Gurley is progressing wonderfully. His knee reportedly passed with flying colors at the recent combine re-check for players with medical issues. He's expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. The New England Patriots apparently took notice because they brought him in Wednesday for a visit.
The Jets addressed their backfield by re-signing Bilal Powell and signing former Patriot Stevan Ridley, who also is coming off knee surgery. They still have Chris Ivory, their leading rusher, but they still need a breakaway threat.
Gurley fits the profile, but does the risk-reward make sense with such a high pick? If the Jets take him, we'll know new GM Mike Maccagnan isn't afraid of a gamble.