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Melvin Gordon, RB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 215 lbs.
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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
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • San Diego Chargers | #17
    If unable to swing a deal for Mariota, the Chargers may take the more conventional route of boosting their offense by investing a first round pick in a runner - the same route that landed the club LaDainian Tomlinson and Ryan Matthews, the only two backs to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season for San Diego this century.
  • San Diego Chargers | #17
    San Diego has been doing its homework on several of the top running backs in this draft class, including Gordon. He might be the early favorite for offensive rookie of the year if he lands with the Chargers.
  • San Diego Chargers | #17
    They lack a feature back to help take the pressure off Philip Rivers and the passing game. They could use line help as well, but go with the back here.
  • Dallas Cowboys | #15
    The Cowboys love Gordon and Gordon loves the Cowboys. He's not making it to 27, though. If only there was precedent for the Trent Baalke and Jerry Jones flipping 12-13 spots in the draft ... oh right. They did it in 2013 when the Niners moved up to grab Eric Reid and the Cowboys fell back to get Travis Frederick. Win-win situation again for both teams as the Niners pick up a third-round pick for their troubles and the Cowboys get a bellcow back who will dominate out of the gates.

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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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Chargers' five picks: Round 1/15 -- Melvin Gordon, RB, 6-0, 195, Wisconsin...The Chargers were so desperate to improve last year's 30th-ranked rushing attack that it flipped first-round picks and gave the 49ers a fourth this year and a fifth next year to snag Gordon. The club loves his burst, his physical nature and his durability. He would be easy to write off as a bruising runner from the Big 10 but he has speed and the acceleration that could make him a difference-maker. - The Sports Xchange


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