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)
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.
10/13/2014 - SEPT 22 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Jr., RB, Kenosha, Wis./Bradford,...Needed just 13 carries to register 253 yards and matched a school record with five touchdowns in Wisconsin's win against Bowling Green...Averaged 19.5 yards per carry, shattering the previous school record of 14.9 yards per attempt...Helped Wisconsin set a modern-era Big Ten record with 644 team rushing yards and a school record for total offense with 756 yards...Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career...Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon (Sept. 23, 2013). - Big Ten football