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Mark Richt Doesn't See Todd Gurley Staying At Georgia After This Season

Running backs aren't the hot commodity in the NFL draft that they once were. No running backs were selected in the 2014 until the 54th pick, when the Tennessee Titans picked Washington's Bishop Sankey. No running back has been picked in the first round since 2012, when Trent Richardson (No. 3), Doug Martin (31), and David Wilson (32) were taken. Richardson's been a disappointment in the league, Wilson's career is over due to injury, and Martin was injured most of last season and is already banged up this year.

Despite recent history, Mark Richt isn't banking on his star rusher Todd Gurley staying in Athens after this year.

Gurley has proven that, when healthy, he is a transcendent player, and it making a push at the Heisman Trophy, another rarity for running backs these days. If anyone is going to bring the position back into NFL Draft prominence, it is probably Gurley, who some pro teams wouldn't mind having in their backfields today.

If Gurley can deliver an SEC Championship and a playoff berth, I doubt many Georgia fans would have much of an issue with him leaving.