There hasn't been a running back selected in the first round in either of the last two NFL Drafts, but that trend could very well end this year.
A pair of running backs -- Georgia's Todd Gurley and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon -- are projected by many to be selected on Day 1, and according to multiple sources, Gurley will visit the Patriots next week.
When healthy, Gurley is a prototypical three-down back whose speed and power are well above average. He fights through contact to pick up extra yards, and he has dependable hands as a receiver out of the backfield. He also returned kicks in college, and in over 500 career touches he fumbled just three times.
Gurley tore his ACL in November, which prevented him from testing at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he was back in Indianapolis recently to have his knee re-checked by NFL clubs.
It's possible that Gurley's injury prevents him from being taken in the first 31 selections of this year's draft. His upcoming visit will allow the Patriots -- who pick at No. 32 overall -- to do their due diligence and fill out their scouting report on one of the most intriguing players in this year's class.
For more on Gurley, here's our Road to the Draft profile.
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NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.
Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.
The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.
NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:
"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."
Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.
Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.
The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.
Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.
Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.