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Melvin Gordon | Running Back

Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213

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NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon as the No. 10 prospect in the class.
That's one spot ahead of QB Marcus Mariota -- Rotoworld's top player -- and four slots ahead of RB Todd Gurley. "Gordon is an ultra-productive runner with excellent quickness and elusiveness," Jeremiah wrote. "He presses the hole before picking and sliding his way through traffic. Once he sees some daylight, he shows burst and he excels at making defenders miss in space. He continually gets the edge on outside runs and he's produced a ridiculous amount of long runs during his career. He has an upright running style, and he's more likely to pull through tackles than lower his shoulder and punish defenders. He has soft hands in the passing game and he's an excellent pass protector. He squares up blitzers and delivers a strong shoulder before settling down and staying on balance. He should be ready to contribute on all three downs in Year 1." The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Gordon finished 41 yards shy of tying Barry Sanders' FBS single-season yardage record this past season. Jan 22 - 7:29 PM
Source: NFL.com

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CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon improved his draft stock in the Outback Bowl.

Gordon rushed for an Outback Bowl-record 251 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in the overtime triumph, one more dominating performance against an SEC foe. MGIII slapped down impressive numbers against South Carolina in last year's bowl game, and did so against versus LSU in the 2014 opener. "Gordon boasts elite acceleration and great lateral agility to make defenders miss," Rang wrote. "With Georgia's Todd Gurley suffering an ACL tear -- and tumbling out of my Big Board rankings -- Gordon is the top running back." Gordon ranks as Rang's No. 24 overall prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 8:17 PM

NFL scouts will be impressed with Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon's success against the SEC, wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

"Gordon will be in the discussion to occupy the top RB spot on each team's draft board," Jeremiah wrote. "Todd Gurley will also be in that discussion. Gurley has put up monster numbers playing in the SEC, and while the conference has had a rough bowl stretch, it's still viewed as the premier conference by NFL evaluators. Gordon ... put up big numbers against South Carolina in last year's bowl game and also put up an impressive total against LSU to start the 2014 campaign. For his closing statement, he rushed for 251 yards against Auburn in the Outback Bowl. For scouts who favor Gordon over Gurley, you can bet those numbers will be brought up in draft meetings." Gordon already announced he will enter the draft. He will hear his name called in Round 1.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 5 - 7:40 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "possesses great patience to allow his blocks to set up," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"What makes him a potential first round pick (and different from most prior Wisconsin backs) is his acceleration," Rang wrote. "Gordon's patience, vision, fluidity and burst were especially on display during his first two touchdowns of the game [against Auburn]." Gordon rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in the overtime triumph. He finished 41 yards shying of tying Barry Sanders' FBS single-season yardage record. Gordon will enter the draft and hear his name called in Round 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 3 - 5:47 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in the school's 34-31 overtime win over Auburn.

Gordon finished 41 yards shying of tying Barry Sanders' FBS single season record on almost the exact same number of carries. Gordon's highlight play showcased his ability to create yards for himself, as he completely juked Auburn safety Jermaine Whitehead at the second level and took the rock to the house for a touchdown. This was his final collegiate game.
Jan 1 - 4:52 PM

Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez believes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III is "probably the best ever to come through" the Wisconsin football program.

"I'll remember Melvin as probably the best back to come through here," Alvarez told reporters. "And that's saying a lot." As a Badger the Wisconsin prospect has 597 carries, and has rushed for 4,464 yards with 42 touchdowns, while averaging 106 yards per game and 7.8 yards per carry. Gordon III has potential to go in the first-round and has shown more receiving ability this year thanks to passing down exposures.
Source: Madison.com
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 02:28:00 PM

NFL.com labeled Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III as the Big 10 prospect with the most on the line during bowl season.

"Gordon (6-foot-1, 213 pounds) already has announced he intends to bypass his senior season for the draft, and he'll look to go out with a bang against a Tigers defense that has struggled all season," wrote Mike Huguenin. "While running backs have been devalued in recent drafts, Gordon has the talent to really intrigue evaluators. Leaving a solid final on-field impression certainly wouldn't hurt his status." Gordon rushed for only 76 yards on 26 carries in the Big 10 Championship against Ohio State, so he'd no doubt like to put on a show for evaluators in his last collegiate game. He needs seven yards to move into third place on the single-season rushing list.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III finished second in the Heisman voting.

A distant second, as Marcus Mariota won in the biggest routes of all time. Mariota's 778 first-place votes were third-most all time, behind O.J. Simpson and Troy Smith. Following Gordon in the voting was, in order, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (the only other finalist), TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "boasts elite acceleration and great lateral agility to make defenders miss," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He boasts elite acceleration and great lateral agility to make defenders miss, a combination that has earned comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs' star Jamaal Charles, though Gordon is bigger," Rang wrote. The Heisman hopeful flashes major vision and the ability to create in the hole, while making the initial defender miss. Rang notes that even though Gordon "has been aided by a talented offensive line, make no mistake, he's an elite talent in his own right."
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage believes Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III compares to Jamaal Charles.

"He has big speed after getting through the first line of defense," Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage told Sports Illustrated. "His NFL comparison is Jamaal Charles. He only had 82 carries his first two years, so he has plenty of mileage left on the odometer." As a Badger the Wisconsin prospect has 597 carries, and has rushed for 4,464 yards with 42 touchdowns, while averaging 106 yards per game and 7.8 yards per carry. Gordon III has potential to go in the first-round and has shown more receiving ability this year thanks to passing down exposures.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 02:25:00 PM

When asked by Dan Patrick if he will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III responded with "yep."

The question takes place about 1:30 into the linked video. Gordon III discussed finishing his degree, but as a fourth year junior he is likely close. The running back also said he looks up to Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster in terms of on-field skills. Gordon III could be a first-round running back and has shown more receiving ability this year thanks to passing down exposures.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with three NFL scouts who view Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III as a top-15 pick.

A fourth projected Gordon to be a second-round selection and two mentioned top-10 potential. "He's a bigger version of Jamaal Charles," one scout said. "He'll run 4.42. He's really good." Todd Gurley and Gordon III could both be selected in the first-round this May, however, some will have reservations about Gordon's limited exposures in passing situations.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:53:00 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon "is different than his predecessors at Wisconsin."

"From a scouting perspective, Gordon's resiliency and tenacity are ideal traits in a franchise runner, which is why he is different than his predecessors at Wisconsin. In addition, Gordon flashed impressive vision and creativity in the hole, as he repeatedly made the initial defender miss before being engulfed by a wave of tacklers in the hole," Brooks wrote. The Wisconsin prospect rushed for 76 yards on 26 carries in Saturday's 59-0 loss to Ohio State on Saturday. Brooks believes that Gordon III will "get acceptable marks for his play in the Big Ten Championship Game, but his limited production in the game will certainly raise eyebrows when scouts convene in pre-draft meetings."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 04:31:00 PM

A poor performance against Ohio State this weekend didn't negatively affect Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon's draft stock, according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

"Gordon was held to 76 yards on 26 carries, but I still saw him do a nice job with what he had to work with, which wasn't much," Jeremiah wrote. "That's not a game that should lead anyone to change their mind about his NFL potential. I didn't need him to put up huge numbers again. He's already proved he's a gifted player." We agree with Jeremiah's assessment. Gordon is a top-notch talent.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 10:29:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 76 yards on 26 carries in Saturday's 59-0 loss to Ohio State.

The nation's leading rusher found no space with which to operate, ganged up on by an Ohio State defense that didn't respect Joel Stave's arm. Gordon averaged 2.9 yards per rush and finished 112 yards below his season average. This was the first time all season that Gordon didn't have a 20-yard run, and he gained zero or negative yards on 10 of his 26 attempts. Though it was a rough evening for Gordon, it's hard to get worked up about it affecting his draft stock; Ohio State devoted all its resources to stopping him, something that will never be done in the NFL.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:33:00 PM