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Melvin Gordon | Running Back

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

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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. Dec 23 - 2:28 PM
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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
Dec 21 - 4:43 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
Dec 14 - 5:32 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
Dec 12 - 2:48 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.
Dec 10 - 2:25 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
Dec 10 - 12:13 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.
Dec 9 - 10:53 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
Dec 8 - 4:31 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
Dec 7 - 10:29 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.
Dec 7 - 7:33 PM

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport spoke with one NFL GM who said there may be 10 RBs in the top 100 of the 2015 draft.

That number might not be as crazy as it sounds, but it is more likely 10 combined running backs receive top 100 grades than actually are drafted in the top 100. Nine running backs were selected in the top 103 picks last year. The closest comparison might be 2008, when 11 ball carriers were selected in the top 89 picks.
Dec 6 - 10:43 AM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes scouts will want to see if Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "is gritty enough to grind out the hard yards on inside runs."

"With the majority of Gordon's work done on the perimeter because of his remarkable speed, quickness and acceleration, scouts will want to see if the Badgers standout is gritty enough to grind out the hard yards on inside runs," Brooks wrote. The running back has seen plenty of stacked boxes but has produced despite extra defenders. Gordon has also displayed receiving ability in recent weeks, something evaluators had previously questioned. Brooks added that, "given the disappointing track record of Wisconsin running backs, evaluators will closely scrutinize every aspect of Gordon's game."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 5 - 4:09 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III was named the Big 10's offensive player of the year.

Well, duh. Gordon is averaging 188.3 rushing yards per game. With two games left to play, he has 2,260 rushing yards, fourth-best in FBS history behind Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988), UCF's Kevin Smith (2,567 in 2007) and USC's Marcus Allen (2,342 in 1981). If he keeps with his average, Gordon will finish with a record-breaking 2,637 yards. Gordon is earmarked for the first round.
Dec 2 - 11:51 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah reports that "all the NFL people I talk to are in love" with Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III.

Gordon III rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 34-24 win over Minnesota. "Some people question the history of Badgers rushers in the NFL, but I'm not hearing any concerns from league evaluators about how his game will translate at the next level," Jeremiah wrote. Though some fear Gordon is being overrated as a top-half-of-the-first-round prospect, there's no doubting the skill or the production. MGIII is averaging 188.3 yards per game and is up to a total of 2,260 rushing yards, fourth-best in FBS history behind Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988), UCF's Kevin Smith (2,567 in 2007) and USC's Marcus Allen (2,342 in 1981). Sustaining his average over Wisconsin's final two games would leave Gordon with a record-breaking 2,637 yards.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 1 - 11:13 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in the school's 34-24 win over Minnesota.

Wisconsin actually put together a bit of a passing attack, which Gordon contributed to (a touchdown catch). The running back has seen plenty of stacked boxes but has produced despite extra defenders. Gordon has displayed receiving ability in recent weeks, something evaluators had previously questioned.
Nov 29 - 7:47 PM