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Melvin Gordon | Running Back

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

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Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III posted a Speed Score of 103.0 at the NFL Combine.
"That ended up as the fifth-highest score in this year's class, though it certainly doesn't match the average score of a first-round running back over the past decade, which is around 110," noted ESPN's Aaron Schatz. Gordon ran a 4.52-second forty-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds. Gordon, the favorite to be the first running back off the board, has big hands (9 3/4"). Feb 28 - 4:38 PM

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NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III could land with the Dallas Cowboys at No.27 and thinks he "would be a nice replacement if Demarco Murray leaves as a free agent."

The Cowboys' offensive line will help an explosive runner like Gordon churn out 1,200 yards annually. The ex-Badger would be a nice replacement if Demarco Murray leaves as a free agent," Brooks wrote. The Wisconsin RB did get a chance to meet with the Dallas Cowboys at the combine, and has a good relationship with Jerry Jones. If the Cowboys are looking for a back to step right in and be a work horse, Gordon III gives Dallas a solid option. In his last two seasons at Wisconsin, he racked up a whopping 549 carries, while averaging 7.5 yards a carry.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 2:27 PM

The MMQB's Greg A. Bedard does not think Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III is a first-round talent "right now."

"There’s just one thing Gordon is lacking at this time: three-down ability," Bedard writes, adding Gordon III was frequently taken off the field in passing situations. MGIII did show a "willingness" when allowed to pass protect, but was not asked to recognize blitzers and does not "possess natural feel in space as a receiver." As far as running with the football, Bedard says the Badger can be "breathtaking." We think there is a considerable gap between Gurley and the next group of ball carriers, and Gurley fits more in a clump of other runners than in first-round consideration.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 24 - 10:18 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon has "got a little bit of Jamaal Charles in him."

This comparison gets made frequently. As with all comparisons, be careful about reading into it too literally. MGIII (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) is bigger than Charles, but also roughly .15 seconds slower in the forty-yard dash (Gordon had forty times of 4.52 and 4.53 on Saturday). "Unique runner," the scout said. "Upright, fast runner. He's quick and has very good feet." A better comparison might be Robert Smith, who similarly wasn't thought of as fast, but who outran just about every defensive back he encountered. "He's good, but against those slow (expletive) Big Ten guys," said another scout. "That's what bothers me a little bit."
Feb 23 - 7:43 PM

Hall of Fame RB and NFL Network combine on-field broadcast analyst Marshall Faulk wasn't concerned by Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon's forty times of 4.52 and 4.53.

"He has enough speed -- he can break the long run," Faulk said. Some may have been disappointed in MGII's times, but they have no reason to be, as the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder clocked some of the best numbers in this year's RB class. Perhaps all those comparisons to Jamaal Charles had some expecting a similar mid-4.3s score. Gordon, the favorite to be the first running back off the board, has big hands (9 3/4").
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 12:31 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock ranks Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III as the No. 1 RB prospect.

The Wisconsin stud running back displays big-play ability and should be the first back to have his name called in the draft. With Todd Gurley coming off an ACL injury, Gordon gets a slight boost in his draft stock. Gordon should offer an NFL team a complete running back, that is the definition of a home-run hitter at the position.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 3:03 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon's "40 times [at the combine] and results in the shuttle and cone drills, if he chooses to do those, could be noteworthy," notes NFL.com.

"With Georgia's Todd Gurley unlikely to participate in any individual events as he rehabs from a torn ACL, Gordon will get a lot of the running back spotlight," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He seems likely to go in the first round, and Gurley's injury might mean Gordon will be the first back selected. Gordon deservedly received a ton of hype after rushing for 2,587 yards in 2014, second-most in FBS history. He also showed more as a receiver and blocker, though there still are questions about those facets of his game." Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson also compares MGIII to Charles, and believes the Badger will be the first RB taken in the spring draft. Badgers' AD Barry Alvarez called Gordon "probably the best ever to come through" the Wisconsin football program.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 12:20 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks compares Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon III to Jamaal Charles.

"When I look at him on tape, he kind of reminds me of Jamaal Charles," Brooks said. "A guy that has the pitter-pat in the hole, has the speed, the burst, the acceleration to take it the distance, but what I'm really impressed with is the toughness he showed running between the tackles. ... This is the guy who is going to break the mold of the traditional Wisconsin running back, because I think he's going to be a star at the NFL level." Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson also compares MGIII to Charles, and believes the Badger will be the first RB taken in the spring draft. Gordon ran 2,587 yards in 2014, the second-highest total ever, along with 29 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 10:16 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon III as the top RB in the 2015 class.

Todd Gurley is No. 2, Tevin Coleman is No. 3, Duke Johnson No. 4, Ameer Abdullah No. 5. We are shocked to see any ball carrier ranked ahead of Gurley, who we feel is easily the most talented RB in the 2015 crop. "A crucial question is whether Gurley will have a chance to work out for teams as he works his way back from the ACL tear," Kiper writes, so we can surmise the injury plays a major part in his placement.
Source: ESPN
Feb 4 - 11:17 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon landing with the Arizona Cardinals at No.24 in his latest mock draft.

"The Cardinals need fresh legs in the backfield, but would they pull the trigger on a running back in the first round? It's possible and Gordon would add another dimension to Bruce Arians' offense," Brugler wrote. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Gordon as the No. 10 prospect in the class, but has Gordon going to the Cowboys at No. 27 in a mock draft. Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson said MGIII wouldn't have been a lock to be the first RB taken had Todd Gurley not suffered his knee injury. There is a good chance that Gordon could be the first RB to hear his name called in this year's draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 2:48 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon reminds NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt of St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason.

"[Gordon is] bigger and stronger, but he's got Mason's tremendous quickness," Brandt wrote. "He's an interesting player because up until this season he had started only eight games. This year he started all 13 games -- 14 if you count the bowl game -- running for 2,587 yards, the second-highest total ever, and 29 touchdowns. Gordon improved in two key areas last season: He became a much better pass catcher, posting 26 catches after posting 16 in his three seasons before, and a more reliable player in pass protection. I think Gordon has enough strength to carry the ball 20 times a game in the NFL, and he should have a lot more success as a rookie than Mason did." Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson compares MGIII to Jamaal Charles, and believes the Badger will be the first RB taken in the spring draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 1:49 AM

Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson believes Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon will be the first RB chosen in the draft, and compares him to Jamaal Charles.

"I think Melvin Gordon to me, is a guy who reminds me a lot of Jamaal Charles. So I think clearly he will be the No. 1 running back coming off the board for the simple fact that Todd Gurley is coming off of that injury," Tomlinson said on NFL Network Wednesday. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Gordon as the No. 10 prospect in the class, though he has Gordon going to the Cowboys at No. 27 in a mock draft. Tomlinson said MGIII wouldn't have been a lock to be the first RB taken had Todd Gurley not suffered his knee injury. "If it hadn't been for that injury, those guys would be neck and neck for the No. 1 running back coming off the board," Tomlinson said. "Todd Gurley, with the size he possesses, the athletic ability, the guy returns kicks -- are you kidding me? He's a phenomenal player. (If he returns healthy) he is going to be a steal."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 10:50 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 7:29 PM

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