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Melvin Gordon | Running Back

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

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CSN Baltimore's Clifton brown does not expect the Ravens to select a RB prior to the third round.
Brown writes this with the caveat that "Todd Gurley of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin... are expected to be gone before the Ravens pick at No. 26." Peter King recently said Gordon will not make it past the Ravens at 26. We do not think his talent is close to Gurley's, but that is not an insult. Gordon and other backs in this class are very talented. Apr 18 - 2:25 PM

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Per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III will visit the Dolphins next Wednesday.

MGIII not long ago returned from a visit with the Cowboys. In addition, the Ravens and Jags have hosted him, while the Panthers and Cardinals have worked him out. Gordon is likely to go in the first round. The Chargers, Lions, Cardinals and Cowboys are logical destinations and have all shown interest in the past month.
Apr 14 - 6:57 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis predicts that the Lions will take a running back in the first round.

Many analysts have mocked Detroit a defensive lineman in Round 1, but don't discount the possibility of a running back. That's because the team currently has Joique Bell and Theo Riddick sitting atop the depth chart. "I don't think Georgia's Todd Gurley, my No. 1-ranked RB, will be available when the Lions are on the clock at No. 23, but the No. 2 back in the draft, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, might be," Davis wrote. "Detroit already has a potent offense, but adding Gordon would take some pressure off of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson and could make the unit even more explosive as it tries to keep pace with the likes of the Packers."
Apr 14 - 5:50 PM

Cleveland Browns will have Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III in for a visit on Friday, according to Yahoo Sports Rand Getlin.

With the Browns set to bring in Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley in for visits this week, the front office could be serious about bringing in a play-maker at running back or be setting up a smoke screen. With two first-round selections at No.12 and No.19, the Browns could hope that a RB-needy team is willing to trade up for their second selection. The Chargers, Lions, Cardinals and Cowboys have all shown interest in both Gordon and Gurley as of late.
Apr 14 - 3:27 PM's Frank Cooney writes that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon's "natural running ability is obvious and he is becoming comfortable as a receiver, which should make him a very potent weapon in the NFL."

"Gordon doesn't have the power to push many piles, is still refining the art of receiving and may need to find true north more quickly in the NFL, where dancing should be limited to the end zone," Cooney wrote. "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." When asked if the running back position was devalued in the NFL, Gordon responded: "It's a passing game. It's hard to say if we're a devalued position. Teams are just going with the picks they actually need. I don't know the thoughts that's going through their head. Maybe they didn't feel the running backs the last couple of years were first-round talent. ... We just have to change that this year." TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline recently reported the Cowboys are "very high" on MGIII and could target him in round 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 13 - 10:04 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that the Dallas Cowboys are "very high" on Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III and could target him in round 1.

"I'm told the Dallas Cowboys very high on Melvin Gordon/RB/Wisconsin and are targeting him in round one. Trade up?," Pauline tweeted. With veteran RB Darren McFadden holding down the position, the Cowboys could be looking for their future back with the No. 27 pick. The reality is, there are other RB-needy teams selecting before them in the Chargers, Lions, and Cardinals. The Cowboys will have to find a way to move up, if Gordon is their guy.
Apr 13 - 2:05 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III will not make it past the Ravens at pick No. 26, according to Peter King.

Interesting. No other information was offered. Todd Gurley is the top talent in this class at running back, and could be selected quite early because of his foundation skills. We think Gordon is much closer, ability wise, to the second tier of runners. The NFL might disagree. With the chargers at 17, the Lions at 23 and the Cardinals at 24, there are multiple potential landing spots.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 13 - 9:08 AM

Half of CBS Sports' four draft analysts mock Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III to the Chargers at No. 17 overall.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco claims he's fine with the trio of Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown, but nobody is buying that. "The Chargers seemed to pay extra attention to Gordon at his Pro Day," passed along Rob Rang, who is one of the writers mocking MGIII to San Diego. Dane Brugler is the other. "He might be the early favorite for offensive rookie of the year if he lands with the Chargers," Brugler wrote. Will Brinson mocked Todd Gurley to the Chargers. Frank Cooney believes Gordon is the best fit for the team. "Gordon, a slasher with speed and underrated hands, isn't as talented as Georgia's Todd Gurley but he's ready to contribute immediately, whereas the former Bulldogs' star availability remains in question due to his recovery from a torn ACL," Cooney wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 7:48 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III to Jamaal Charles.

"Gordon may have the biggest hands, but Murray and Forte were light years ahead of him in terms of their ability to make a difference on third down," Muench wrote. "The Wisconsin product compares more favorably to Mathews coming out in that regard, which isn't terrible, as Mathews has developed into an effective receiver. In terms of running style, Gordon doesn't have the same kind of top-end speed as Charles, but his vision, acceleration and ability to make the first defender miss remind me of the Chiefs' RB." John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group likens MGIII to DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Matt Forte. Gordon is within one inch and three pounds of all three. "Gordon's quickness (7.04 3-cone time) compares favorably to Mathews' (7.0) and is superior to Murray's (7.28)," Parolin wrote.
Apr 6 - 12:01 AM

If Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III slips out of Round 1, ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that by definition he would become one of the draft's safest prospects.

"Given the injury questions any running back faces, Gordon is certainly not a safe pick in Round 1," Kiper wrote. "But he is close because if you can block for him, he can be a major difference-maker in his rookie season, so what you would lose in long-term certainty you'd win back in immediate production. Gordon is sneaky strong between the tackles and a home run threat any time he gets a crease. He's my best bet to be the first running back taken in Round 1 since 2012." We don't believe MGIII should be mentioned in the same category as Todd Gurley and we would disagree with any team that chose the Badger first. That said, Gordon is an extremely compelling prospect in his own right.
Mar 31 - 12:32 AM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III will visit the Ravens, according to Rand Getlin.

No date was given, but the fit makes sense from a positional perspective. The Ravens no longer roster Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, but did re-sign Justin Forsett. Gordon should not be mentioned in the same category as Todd Gurley, but is in the second tier of runner clumped in the second round.
Mar 19 - 10:35 AM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III is an "angular, talented open-field runner who combines outstanding burst with a long stride to gain separation and hit the home run" who ranks as NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein's No. 2 back.

No surprise, here. The analyst, of course, slots Todd Gurley No. 1. "He won't be able to outrun NFL defenders like he did in college and must develop more feel between the tackles," Zierlein wrote. "Gordon shines when his track runs over tackle or around the end and can put a defense to sleep around the corner. Not trustworthy enough to be a three-down back, but his pass-catching improved enough to utilize him out of backfield as a receiver." Zierlein compares Gordon to Robert Smith.
Mar 17 - 9:32 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III has a visit set up with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Another team bringing RB Melvin Gordon in for a pre-draft visit: the Jaguars, who currently hold the 3rd and 36th picks," Getlin tweeted. The Jacksonville Jaguars lost out on the DeMarco Murray sweepstakes in free agency, and could be looking for their future back via the draft. While the Jaguars have Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhardt holding down the fort, the Jags could show heavy interest in adding talent to the position, with a loaded draft class.
Mar 17 - 3:50 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III has visits lined up with the Cardinals and Cowboys, per Rand Getlin.

The Cardinals visit is set for Monday, while not date was given for the Cowboys trip. Both landing spots make sense. The talent drop off from DeMarco Murray and the next ball carrier on the Cowboys roster is steep. We don't view Gordon in the same tier as Todd Gurley, but he belongs in the same cluster as the second group of running backs. We project a second round selection.
Mar 16 - 3:29 PM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer speculates that Dallas will target a running backs in the first two rounds of next month's NFL Draft.

Sounds about right. Dallas doesn't currently employ a running back that requires special attention from opposing defensive coordinators. DeMarco Murray leaves Texas-sized shoes to fill, but the Cowboys could find his successor at the No. 27 overall pick in the form of either Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon or Georgia's Todd Gurley. Because the running back class is so stacked, Dallas could also hold off until Round 2 and pluck a prospect such as Jay Ajayi or T.J. Yeldon.
Mar 15 - 5:15 PM