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2015 NFL DRAFT

Melvin Gordon, RB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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2121

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Well-rounded skill set and is elite in two areas: balance and acceleration. Gordon 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 tackles.

Lowers his pads and keeps his legs pumping to generate deceiving power.

Gordon has only eight starts on his resume, but he will be ?the guy? in the Badgers' backfield in 2013 and projects as one of the most talented backs for the 2015 draft class if he declares. The NFL hasn't had a first round running back the last two years and time will tell if Gordon is selected in the first 32 picks, but no question in my mind that he has first-round ability.

WEAKNESSES: Unproven as a pass-catcher with three career receptions entering 2014. 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),

--Dane Brugler (8/14/14)

Player Overview

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

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.

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08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Melvin Gordon (Jr.), Wisconsin...Chief among Gordon's competition are two other returning semifinalists from 2013, Nebraska senior Ameer Abdullah and South Carolina junior Mike Davis. Abdullah is the nation's top returning rusher after piling up 1,690 yards last season, while Davis totaled 1,183 yards for the year. Gordon is one of eight Big Ten running backs named to the watch list, which tabbed 53 players in all.

The Kenosha native will be the Badgers' starter in the backfield after sharing carries last season with then-senior RB James White. Led by Gordon's 1,609, the duo piled up 3,053 yards to set the FBS single-season record for rushing yards by teammates. Gordon finished the season ranked No. 11 nationally in yards per game at 123.8 and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. - Wisconsin football

 

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