2017 NFL Draft

Melvin Gordon, RB

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

05/05/2015 - Chargers keep Rivers - and protect him...The San Diego Chargers kept their quarterback and drafted a running back. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon came aboard on Thursday, but it came with a price. Gordon, a Heisman Trophy finalist, was selected with the No. 15 overall pick, which originally belonged to the San Francisco 49ers. But San Diego and San Francisco worked a deal, with the Charger surrendering their first- and fourth-round draft picks this year and next year's fifth-rounder to move up two spots. "It's Melvin Gordon," Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said, matter-of-factly. "This is a player we had targeted really all the way through. He's such an electric player. He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He's had a great career at Wisconsin. We think he fits our offense perfectly. We couldn't be happier to get him here."

Gordon will hopefully give a lift to last year's tepid running game which ranked No. 30 in the NFL. The Chargers only had six rushing touchdowns, and three of those left when Ryan Mathews signed with the Eagles. "I just was excited," Gordon said of the getting the call from the Chargers. "I was just happy that somebody took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to help make their team better. I was so anxious to find out where I was going to be playing. I was pumped up with so much energy. "I'm glad they took a chance to me." - The Sports Xchange

05/05/2015 - Chargers keep Rivers - and protect him...Telesco had tried to sell people that he was pleased with his trio of remaining runners: Branden Oliver, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown. But paying such a steep price to leap the board and snag Gordon tells a different story. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gordon, who average 7.8 yards per carry in four seasons at Wisconsin, is only the third NCAA player to rush for at least 2,000 yards and score 30 touchdowns in a single season. "We're really excited to get him," coach Mike McCoy said. "He's an impact player we had very high on our board; a guy that we really wanted to get and improve our football team. Explosive player...had a very productive college career. Being close with his head coach, Gary Andersen; having a good conversation with him about what type of player Melvin is, the fit he would be, not only as a player, but as a person in our locker room. Just a great fit for our team."

The Chargers feel they hit a home run with a running back who can score from anywhere on the field. "He brings that big-play capability," Telesco said. "We talk about on offense that we want to get faster, more explosive and he will bring all of that to us. He's a big-time playmaker. "He's a threat every time he touches the ball, but he's also great in pass protection and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Usually when you talk about a red-zone threat, it's a receiver or a tight end, but he's a red-zone threat as a running back. He's got a nose for the end zone, a great burst for the end zone a short-area burst. We like people who score touchdowns. He's going to fit in just fine." Gordon can't wait. "I can't believe how this turned out," Gordon said. "It's like a dream for me." - The Sports Xchange

02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 21/1. *Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin, 6-1, 207, 4.52, 1...After Montee Ball and James White, Gordon is Wisconsin's latest and greatest running back contribution to pro football. In 2014, he showed agility and acceleration reminiscent of former temporary Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and a jump cut that would make LaDainian Tomlinson proud while bursting for 2,587 yards rushing, only 42 yards short of Barry Sanders' FBS record 2,628 yards (Oklahoma State, 1988). Scout sources say he ran 40 yards in the low 4.4-second range last spring. Gordon doesn't have the power to push many piles, is still refining the art of receiving and may need to readjust his compass to true north more quickly in the NFL, where dancing should be limited to the end zone. But his natural abilities still make him a home-run threat whenever he touches the ball, such as those 17 runs of more than 40 yards last year. Gordon is the odds-on favorite to renew faith, or at least interest, in the once-glamorous running back position. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

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

01/02/2015 - Melvin Gordon finishes 2nd on all-time FBS single-season rushing list...Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon rushed for 251 yards in Thursday's Outback Bowl, finishing one of the greatest seasons for a tailback in college football history in second-place on the all-time FBS single-season. A Heisman Trophy finalist, Gordon needed 293 yards against Auburn to break Barry Sanders' record of 2,628 yards, set in 1988. Though Gordon fell 42 yards short, his final 2014 season tally of 2,587 yards moved him from fourth to second, ahead of USC's Marcus Allen and UCF's Kevin Smith. It's worth noting that Sanders' record came in only 11 games, in which he averaged 238.9 yards per game. Gordon averaged 184.8 over 14 games. Gordon was named the Outback Bowl MVP after his three touchdowns helped the Badgers outlast Auburn 34-31 in overtime. A junior, Gordon has already declared for the 2015 NFL Draft, making the win the final game of his college career. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

12/09/2014 - 2014 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Gordon leads the nation with 2,336 yards rushing and 179.7 yards per game and tops the country with 26 rushing touchdowns. He became the fastest player to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a season, including rushing for 408 yards against Nebraska on Nov. 15. "(Former Badger Montee Ball) is someone I really looked up to my freshman year," Gordon told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday after being chosen a Heisman finalist. "Seeing him going through this process ... as a freshman thinking, 'How would it feel to be in his shoes?' "And now I'm actually in them. It is a good feeling. - The Sports Xchange

11/15/2014 - Gordon sets NCAA single-game rush record...Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon ran for 408 yards through three quarters Saturday against Nebraska, to break LaDanian Tomlinson's single-game major college football rushing record with 15 minutes still to go. Gordon set the mark on a 26-yard touchdown on the final play of the third quarter to give the 22nd-ranked Badgers a 52-17 lead on the 11th-ranked Cornhuskers. It was Gordon's fourth touchdown run of the night. He had 25 carries. Gordon did not re-enter the game when Wisconsin started its first series of the fourth quarter. The record had stood since Nov. 20, 1999, when Tomlinson had 406 yards on 43 carries for TCU against UTEP. - AP Sports

11/15/2014 - Wisconsin 59, Nebraska 24...Melvin Gordon rushed for a Football Bowl Subdivision-record 408 yards on 25 carries and No. 22 Wisconsin overcame an early deficit to rout No. 11 Nebraska 59-24 on Saturday before 80,539 fans at Camp Randall Stadium. Gordon, a senior running back, had runs of 42, 62, 39, 44, 43 and 68 yards, and broke the FBS record of 406 yards set by LaDainian Tomlinson in 1999 on his 26-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter. Gordon, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, shattered Wisconsin's rushing record for a game of 339 yards set by Ron Dayne in 1996 and the Big Ten rushing record of 377 yards set by Indiana's Anthony Thompson in 1989.

Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) rushed for 577 yards in taking control of the Big Ten West Division from Nebraska (8-2, 4-2). Gordon had 238 rushing yards on 16 carries in the first half when the Badgers overcame three turnovers and a 17-3 deficit. Nebraska entered the game allowing 123 rushing yards per game, the No. 20 rushing defense in the nation. Gordon surpassed that with a 43-yard run on a jet sweep midway through the third quarter, and he broke Dayne's record on a 68-yard run just two carries later. - The Sports Xchange

11/03/2014 - In an era where college football seemingly is dominated by high-scoring spread offenses, Wisconsin is doing it the old-fashioned way - with the running game and a dominant defense. Melvin Gordon ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, Corey Clement scampered for 131 yards and two more scores and Wisconsin limited Rutgers to a season-low 139 yards in a 37-0 victory Saturday that made the Badgers bowl eligible for the 13th consecutive season. "We're a well-structured team," said Clement. "We're still coming along in the process. As the season goes on, things are going to get tougher so we are going to have to toughen up in some areas and just execute in some other areas that can win us some games."

Gordon scored on runs of 15 and 51 yards in posting his sixth consecutive 100-yard game rushing, helping Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) win its third straight game. Clement tallied on run 43 and 36 yards and Rafael Gaglianone kicked three field goals as the Badgers dominated to send the Scarlet Knights' Homecoming crowd home early. The shutout loss was the first for Rutgers (5-4, 1-4) since 2002 - a run of 147 games - and it stretched its losing streak to three games. It's been a tough stretch that included blowout losses to No. 13 Ohio State and No. 17 Nebraska. - AP Sports

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

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

10/11/2014 - Melvin Gordon rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns, Corey Clement added 164 yards and a 72-yard score and Wisconsin held off Illinois for a 38-28 victory Saturday. Gordon padded his resume for a potential Heisman Trophy candidacy with another highlight-reel performance. The junior eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season in just Wisconsin's sixth game, a school record. Wisconsin (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) started Joel Stave at quarterback, but Gordon did most of the damage against the league's worst rushing defense.

Illinois (3-4, 0-3) did rally in the fourth quarter with backup Aaron Bailey at quarterback. He led them to two scores to get within 38-28 with about 3 minutes left before Illinois recovered an onside kick. But Bailey threw an interception with 2 minutes left to seal Wisconsin's win. His fluttering deep pass was tracked down by safety Peniel Jean at the 2. Wisconsin ran out the clock from there. Gordon was a one-man hurry-up offense. His most impressive run may have come with 1:16 left in the second quarter, when Gordon took a first-down handoff from the Wisconsin 22 but got tripped up as he burst through a hole. But the stumbling Gordon regained his balance and ended up with a 46-yard run to the Illinois 32. Rafael Gaglianone hit a 44-yard field goal four plays later for a 24-14 lead going into the half. - AP Sports

09/29/2014 - Melvin Gordon decided to speak up with Wisconsin off to another lackluster start. The star tailback couldn't take it anymore while jogging back to the locker room with the Badgers tied at 3 at the half with South Florida. His teammates listened. The blocking picked up to help spring Gordon for two touchdown runs that helped No. 19 Wisconsin hold off the Bulls 27-10 on Saturday. Gordon had company at the half. Six-foot-8 right tackle Rob Havenstein offered some words, too. "Me and Big Rob, we were walking in and Iike, 'We've got to talk to these guys,'" Gordon said. "We felt we needed to rally our offense together and speak up and we motivated those guys, and obviously we were a different team in the second half."

Gordon finished with 181 yards and 32 attempts, amassing 131 yards after halftime. He scored on carries of 7 and 43 yards on the Badgers' first two drives of the second half after running room finally opened up. The blockers looked rejuvenated. Gordon pleaded with receivers to come up with catches. He took responsibility himself to execute better in the run game. Gordon, who finished with 32 carries on the day, found more room after halftime. - AP Sports

09/29/2014 - Gordon rallies slow-starting Wisconsin past South Florida...Melvin Gordon delivered a passionate halftime speech to Wisconsin's offense and proceeded to rush for two touchdowns as the No. 19 Badgers got past South Florida 27-10 on Saturday at Camp Randall. "We needed to rally our offense together and speak up," the junior running back said of the pep talk he gave with offensive lineman Rob Havenstein. "We motivated those guys, and we were a different team in the second half. It was my first time stepping up and doing that, speaking to our offensive group as a leader, (and) those guys responded and listened."

Gordon responded in his own way, running for two touchdowns in the third quarter after his lost fumble halted a drive in the red zone late in the first half. Gordon finished with 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, one week after scoring five touchdowns against Bowling Green. Sophomore running back Corey Clement collected 77 yards on 16 carries. Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy completed 11 of 18 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown as the Badgers (3-1) won their third straight home game. The Bulls (2-3) were 34-point underdogs in their first meeting against Wisconsin, but they held the Badgers to 139 yards in the first half, including just 60 rushing. - The Sports Xchange

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

08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin...Gordon 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

08/11/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Running Back, Junior...A semifinalist for the award last season when he rushed for 1,609 yards and led the nation at 7.8 yards per attempt, Gordon joins Oregon State QB Sean Mannion, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Baylor QB Bryce Petty and Florida State QB Jameis Winston as returning semifinalists for the award. Gordon enters his junior season having already been tabbed first-team All-America by both Phil Steele and Athlon. An explosive runner, Gordon is the FBS' active career leader in rushing average at 8.08 yards per carry for his career and led the nation in runs of 60-plus (4) and 70-plus (3) yards last season. - Wisconsin football

08/08/2014 - 2014 BIG TEN FOOTBALL PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH (MEDIA): Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin...Gordon enters the season as the nation's second-leading returning rusher behind fellow West Division Player to Watch Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska. Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards last season, while Gordon piled up 1,609. Gordon is also the nation's active career leader in rushing average at an explosive 8.1 yards per carry. He led the nation in runs of 60-plus (4) and 70-plus (3) yards last season.

The Kenosha, Wisconsin, 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. A preseason first-team All-American, Gordon is on watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Doak Walker Award. - Wisconsin football

08/08/2014 - Wisconsin's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. RB Melvin Gordon, RS Junior...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. Although he has only average power, Gordon has the natural balance to bounce off contact without losing momentum with a physical nature to break tackles. His body type isn't ideal, with a high-cut frame and only average bulk throughout (similar skill-set as Jamaal Charles), but he 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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/08/2014 - Wisconsin's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. RB Melvin Gordon, RS Junior...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. Although unproven as a pass-catcher with only three career catches, he has a well-rounded skill set and is elite in two areas: balance and acceleration. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

06/05/2014 - ROB RANG'S MAY 15, 2014 TOP 32 BIG BOARD: 26. Melvin Gordon, RB, 6-1, 207, rJr., Wisconsin: No program is better at churning out NFL running backs than the Badgers, and Gordon offers as much juice as any of them, showing agility and breakaway speed to go with good size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


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