South Carolina Sophomore
Has good size and can use it to get position against the defender. Has good speed and burst for his size and shows good quickness after the catch. Can be tough to bring down there because of his size and speed combination. Has nice hands.
Doesn't have the speed or burst to really get great separation and needs to polish up his route-running. Isn't really asked to make plays down the field, as a lot of his catches are screens and short,c quick throws. Is late reacting to the snap at times and takes time getting into his route or getting position as a blocker because of it. Misses assignments as a blocker in space and not as good there as you'd want with a player his size.
Gurley has intriguing combo of size, speed, and athleticism. But he's not very polished as a receiver and doesn't quite play with the awareness you want to see at the position. Also question somewhat his decision to come out two years early, although he did spend a year at prep school and will be 24 when this season ends. He was originally committed to go to UNC to play both basketball and football, but didn't qualify academically. Started every game this past year with 44 catches for 465 yards (10.6 avg) and 4 touchdowns. Started 5 games as a freshman, and caught 31 passes for 440 yards (14.2 avg) and 2 scores.
Gurley is raw, but has upside if he can develop some more. He's not an explosive player and will have more difficulty against NFL corners than he did in college. But he's a guy that can create some matchup issues in the slot, and with his athleticism you can get him the ball in space and allow him to make some plays after the catch. More than likely, he'll be a career backup but if he can play on specail teams he has a chance to stick long-term in the league. The best you sort of hope for is him developing into a solid No. 3 guy that uses his size to his advantage working the slot. But he's an unpolished route-runner and will need to get better there if he is going to use his size to his advantage as a playmaker down the field. More than likely, he's a guy that you can trust to make 25 or so catches a year, but anymore than that and you're probably pushing it.
Gurley has the size the Falcons could use in the slot over a guy like Douglas. But he's not anywhere close to being polished enough receiver to get much use early in his Falcon career. If he can produce on special teams, he could potentially land the No. 4 job in place of Finneran. Given two or so years to develop and polish up his game, he can start to make contributions off the bench. But more than likely, he's not going to be any better than Finneran was in his waning days and will just add depth.
Gurley adds depth to most rosters and with his athletic upside merits as high as a fifth round pick, but you probably get better value in the long run waiting until the sixth or seventh round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.5
Body Control: 2.5
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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