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Todd Gurley reveals planned visit with Carolina Panthers ahead of 2015 Draft

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While the NFL offseason has produced its fair share of headlines in recent weeks, with trades and free agent moves aplenty, we all know that the true drama of the football-less summer comes at the NFL Draft.

So while the past week or so has been dominated by Jimmy Graham, DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and co, the names of Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are about to steal their thunder.

Gurley visit

It was Gurley's turn today to have his moment in the limelight as he went through the paces at his Pro Day, and the now former Georgia running back revealed he is all set to visit one NFC South team in the coming days.

The Carolina Panthers will meet with Gurley in the coming days as they look to see if everything stacks up regarding arguably this year's top running back.

The visit won't be Gurley's last - he already met with the Detroit Lions on Monday and admitted he has five others in the pipeline - but the Panthers' interest suggests the team may be placing its faith in youth at the RB position rather than hitting the market.

The Panthers recently released veteran DeAngelo Williams and are currently left with only the injury plagued Jonathan Stewart and back up Fozzy Whittaker on their depth chart.

Still in play?

The NFC South team currently holds the 25th pick and this could put them in play for Todd Gurley if the dice fall the right way on April 30th.

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is challenging Gurley for 2015's top back. Add to that the fact that some teams may be wary of the Georgia Bulldog considering his late season ACL tear and there are a number of scenarios that see Gurley available in the later stages of the first round.

One thing that may concern Panthers fans though is the teams need at defensive end/offensive tackle. Using their prized first round pick on a likely back up at RB is perhaps not the wisest move.

Top talent

There is no doubt that Todd Gurley has the potential to be a breakout star in the NFL though.

In his three years of college football Gurley amassed 3,285 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns in 30 games. Before his final season was cut short in November (after first suspension and then injury) he was averaging 7.4 yards per carry and had 9 TDs through just six games.

Gurley has top end speed that Jonathan Stewart and Whittaker don't possess and is known as a top between the tackle runner.

Whoever lands him in the Draft - injury rehabilitation permitting - will be a happy team.

What do you think Panthers fans? Is Todd Gurley a realistic get with your first round pick, or should the team look elsewhere in the early stages of the Draft? Let us know in the comments section below...

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