CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns will take on the St. Louis Rams on Sunday and will face a hot rookie running back named Todd Gurley, who ran for over 300 yards in his last two games.
"I don't remember exactly how our board was ranked. I am sure there would have been scenarios where he would have been in the discussion," Pettine said when he was asked if Gurley was an option if he was there at the No. 12 pick in the draft.
Gurley was coming off a knee injury in college that raised red flags, but nevertheless, Gurley was drafted with the 10th overall pick.
Pettine also commented on how much they liked Gurley before the draft, knowing about his knee injury, "Looking back, there were the concerns and also the lateness of the evaluation. I know he didn't do much at the combine and then they were the late re-checks with it. I know there was a lot involved with that. With the medical aside, from a pure football standpoint, we saw this guy as a special back. He was right up there at the top of our running back board. I am sure he was in most of the draft rooms. I don't know exactly what the medical grade ended up being, but from just a pure football grade, he has proven it already. He is a special back."
Before their Bye Week, Gurley ran for 159 yards against the Green Bay Packers. On Sunday, he will play a Browns defense that ranks last in the NFL, giving up an average of 149 rushing yards per game.