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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
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2721-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

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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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10/25/2014 - Melvin Gordon rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin's restocked defense stifled mistake-prone Maryland for a 52-7 win on Saturday. Gordon had his three scores in the first half, when the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead on a sunny homecoming weekend game. Joel Stave threw for two scores in the second half against Maryland (5-3, 2-2). The Big Ten rookie Terrapins accomplished little with the ball in their first visit to Camp Randall Stadium. Dual-threat quarterback C.J. Brown faced pressure all afternoon from the blitzing Badgers, who were fortified on defense with the returns of top tackle Warren Herring and run-stopping linebacker Marcus Trotter from injuries. Maryland avoided their first shutout of the season on Stefon Diggs' 21-yard touchdown catch with 57 seconds left in the game. Otherwise, Wisconsin brought Maryland's five-game road winning streak to an emphatic end. The Terps were held to 175 yards of total offense, 227 below their season average. Most of the yardage came late in the blowout loss. - AP Sports
 

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