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I know. I know. Another Gurley thread right? Yes it is. Face it folks. I want the Gurley man. I believe he would have a bigger impact on our team. Especially in year one. I mean just take a look at the rookie sack production of some of the top edge rushers drafted in the last couple years:

Ezekiel Ansah - 8.0

Barkevious Mingo - 5.0

Sio Moore - 4.5

Khalil Mack - 4.0

Anthony Barr - 4.0

Kony Ealy - 4.0

Bjoern Werner - 2.5

Jeremiah Attaochu - 2.0

Dion Jordan - 2.0

Dee Ford - 1.5

Alec Ogletree - 1.5

Stephon Tuitt - 1.0

Alex Okafor - 0.0

Datone Jones - 0.0

Jadaveon Clowney - 0.0

Meh. A putrid average of 2.7 sacks in their rookie seasons, with a high of 8.0 by Ezekiel Ansah. There were DTs with better rookie year sack production. Now let's contrast that to the rookie seasons of some of the top RBs drafted in the last couple years:

Eddie Lacy - 1435 yards and 11 TDs

Jeremy Hill - 1339 yards and 9 TDs

Le'veon Bell - 1259 yards and 8 TDs

Giovanni Bernard - 1209 yards and 8 TDs

Zac Stacy - 1114 yards and 8 TDs

Andre Ellington - 1023 yards and 4 TDs

Tre Mason - 913 yards and 5 TDs

Terrance West - 737 yards and 5 TDs

Montee Ball - 704 and 4 TDs

Bishop Sankey - 702 yards and 2 TDs

Jerick McKinnon - 673 yards and 0 TDs

Carlos Hyde - 401 yards and 4 TDs

Charles Sims - 375 yards and 1 TD

Knile Davis - 317 yards and 4 TDs

Joseph Randle - 225 yards and 2 TDs

That's an average of 828 yards and 5 TDs in their rookie seasons, with six 1000 yard rushers. Yes I know this draft is deep with RBs, but none are on Gurley's level. I also know that many pass rushers improve after their rookie seasons, but to tell the truth, only Beasley has that it factor to me, and I believe he will be long gone by the time we're on the clock. I would hate to take Gregory and watch him rack up three whopping sacks, while Gurley runs NE into another Super Bowl. What yall think?

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None of those RBs listed were taken in the 1st round though.

Could still get a potential edge rusher of the future(depending on how the draft plays out before pick #8) and still get a potentially good RB in the 2nd round or later.

Right, but the RB talent coming out this year is deeper. We'll see 3 RB's go in the 1st at least, with Gurley being the 1st to be selected.

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I don't give a crap about year one. I want a Super Bowl, and Super Bowls aren't won with instant gratification moves.

Well, the facts is, it doesn't matter what position we draft among the top prospects. There is zero evidence the guy or guys any of us wants will ever drag this team to the super bowl. Gurley has just as much chance as anyone else.

Heck, we have one of the top handful of QBs in football, and he hasn't been able to do it.

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None of those RBs listed were taken in the 1st round though.

Could still get a potential edge rusher of the future(depending on how the draft plays out before pick #8) and still get a potentially good RB in the 2nd round or later.

None of those backs were on Gurley's level coming out. If he hadn't had the ACL injury he would definitely be a top 10 pick, and might still be.
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