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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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2111

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. 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),

IN OUR VIEW: Gordon was already thought of as a borderline first-round pick entering the 2014 season, and then steadily built on his resume. With Todd Gurley's knee injury, Gordon is the odds-on-favorite to be the first running back drafted in the 2015 class.

--Dane Brugler (11/20/14)

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.

He burst onto the national scene on Nov. 15, rushing for a single-game FBS record 408 yards against Nebraska. 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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01/02/2015 - Wisconsin hoisted Barry Alvarez into the air for one more victory ride. The school's career victory leader called it quits -- again -- after the 18th-ranked Badgers took down No. 19 Auburn 34-31 in overtime in the Outback Bowl on Thursday. It took a strong farewell performance by Melvin Gordon, a 25-yard field goal in overtime, and Alvarez's steady leadership in the wake of the abrupt departure of former coach Gary Andersen to get the job done. "I've had a couple of those, and I like them," Alvarez, the school's athletic director for the past 11 years, said after being doused with a sports drink and carried off the field after stopping a four-game skid in bowl games.

"It's a little uncomfortable afterwards, but I like them. And it's special for those seniors. It meant a lot to them. They won a lot of games here. They haven't won a lot of bowl games. So they put a lot into it, they bought into it, they gave us strong leadership when it was needed, and now they can enjoy it." Wisconsin improved to 9-4 in bowl games coached by Alvarez. He led the Badgers to 118 victories over 16 seasons before retiring in 2005, and has answered a plea from players to return to the sideline twice in the last three seasons to guide the team in a January game after losing their coach -- first Bret Bielema to Arkansas and then Andersen to Oregon State. - AP Sports

 

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