2015 NFL DRAFT

Melvin Gordon, RB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 215 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2221

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.522.661.6219 3510'6"4.077.04
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • San Diego Chargers | #17
    The Chargers seemed to pay extra attention to Gordon at his Pro Day and may see the Heisman Trophy finalist as the back best prepared to make an immediate impact in the NFL. Gordon's speed and underrated receiving skills could make him a perfect complement to an offense built around Philip Rivers.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #24
    The Cardinals need more depth and firepower in the backfield and Gordon is one option if he's on the board at this pick.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #24
    I think they're looking for an inside-the-tackle runner and Gordon could be that guy.
  • San Diego Chargers | #17
    Teams may not take running backs in the first round anymore but the Chargers need a bell cow back. With King Dunlap signing an extension it clears the way for a back.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-rounded skill set and is elite in two areas: balance and acceleration. Goes zero to 60 in a flash and bursts to top speed quickly with the vision and patience to follow blocks and find holes to daylight.

Has the natural balance to bounce off contact without losing momentum with a physical nature to break arm tackles. Lowers his pads and keeps his legs pumping to generate deceiving power. Hits top speed in a flash to quickly get to the second level and beyond.

WEAKNESSES: Good, but not elite overall athlete. Unproven as a pass-catcher. Only average power. His body type isn't ideal, with a high-cut frame and only average bulk throughout (similar skill-set as Jamaal Charles).

COMPARES TO: Reggie Bush, Lions. Bush?s sheer athleticism and speed allowed him to dominate college football much like Gordon did. While Bush is shiftier, Gordon is stronger, but both guys catch the ball extremely well and have similar body types. Neither had to do much work at the line of scrimmage in college in terms of identifying the hole and being patient. Much like this has hurt Bush in the NFL, it could hinder Gordon.

--Dane Brugler & Brandon Thorn

Player Overview

Wisconsin has had an excellent run on running backs over time, most recently Montee Ball and James White. But Gordon, one of three Heisman Trophy finalists last season, has the natural talent to be the best NFL running back the Badgers' program has ever produced.

Gordon was already thought of as a borderline first-round pick entering the 2014 season, and then steadily built on his resume as he finished second in FBS history with 427 rushing yards - 41 yards shy of Barry Sanders' record set in 1998. With Todd Gurley's knee injury, Gordon is the odds-on-favorite to be the first running back drafted in the 2015 class.

After redshirting in 2011, he saw limited playing time in 2012 behind Ball and White, but produced stats that would have led some other teams in rushing (621 rushing yards, 10.0 yards per carry). With Ball off to the NFL, Gordon and White shared the running back duties in 2013 with White leading the way with carries, but Gordon had a team-best 1,609 rushing yards, averaging 7.8 yards per rush and 123.8 yards per game.

He burst onto the national scene on Nov. 15, rushing for a single-game FBS record 408 yards against Nebraska (a record later broken by Oklahoma's Samaje Perine with 427 yards). Gordon broke the old mark of 406 rushing yards set by LaDainian Tomlinson in his TCU days and, amazingly enough, he broke the record on the final play of the third quarter.

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02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 21/1. *Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin, 6-1, 207, 4.52, 1...After Montee Ball and James White, Gordon is Wisconsin's latest and greatest running back contribution to pro football. In 2014, he showed agility and acceleration reminiscent of former temporary Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and a jump cut that would make LaDainian Tomlinson proud while bursting for 2,587 yards rushing, only 42 yards short of Barry Sanders' FBS record 2,628 yards (Oklahoma State, 1988). Scout sources say he ran 40 yards in the low 4.4-second range last spring. Gordon doesn't have the power to push many piles, is still refining the art of receiving and may need to readjust his compass to true north more quickly in the NFL, where dancing should be limited to the end zone. But his natural abilities still make him a home-run threat whenever he touches the ball, such as those 17 runs of more than 40 yards last year. Gordon is the odds-on favorite to renew faith, or at least interest, in the once-glamorous running back position. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
 

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