In less than two weeks, Georgia running back Todd Gurley will likely be celebrating the next step in his career as a first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but on Friday he'll be on an examination table undergoing the league’s official medical recheck.
The projected first rounder has to go through the examination because of the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in November of last year, an injury that stands out as just about the only negative in his scouting report. Even after the ACL, he’s widely regarded as the top running back in the draft, and one the Dallas Cowboys would jump at the chance to take if he’s still on the board at No. 27.
The recheck is huge particularly in Gurley’s case because it will mark the first time NFL team doctors have looked at the surgically repaired knee. Following the advice of his doctor, orthopedist to the stars Dr. James Andrews, Gurley decided against having it evaluated in February at the NFL Combine.
"I would guess that anybody that has him high on their board is going to have their doctor there," said longtime NFL executive and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian, per Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today. "I'm sure everybody will be scrutinizing the results. They'll all make their own decisions as to how far along the timeline he is. That decision, in my experience, rests with the docs."