Why Rams can't build an offense around Todd Gurley

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The St. Louis Rams selected Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick in this year's NFL draft, but even that number 10 discounts just how strongly the Rams felt about Gurley as a player. Reports say that Gurley was the top player on the Rams' entire draft board.

"We place a premium on that position," head coach Jeff Fisher told the press. All reports indicate that the Rams plan to build their entire offense around Gurley and a run-first mentality.

It's not going to work. In the modern NFL, it's simply not a consistently winning strategy to build your offense around any running back. In the modern NFL, passing is king, and you need to build your offense around a quarterback.

Discussion of Gurley has to start with the fact that he may not even live up to the draft hype.