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Melvin Gordon | Running Back

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

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Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "is pressing to be a first-rounder," according to NFL.com's Charles Davis.
No running back has gone in the past two first rounds, and Bishop Sankey was 2014's highest-drafted back at 54th overall. "The performance of NFL RBs like DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch are a few reasons why the streak should end," Davis wrote. "I think Murray has brought focus to what a big-time back can do for an offense if you choose to feature him." The analyst believes Georgia's Todd Gurley is ticketed into Round 1, while Gordon might be right behind him. Oct 14 - 7:21 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 38-28 win over Illinois.

Gordon had a long run of 46 yards, but also scored on runs of 15 yards and 30 yards. The Wisconsin running back had a somewhat slow start to the season, but we said patience was needed as he was consistently facing eight and nine in the box. Gordon is a top-50 talent.
Oct 11 - 3:23 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "is a legit possibility for Round 1 if healthy," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"If it was 1986, or maybe even 1996, I'd watch Gordon and then go on TV and promise he'd be drafted inside the top 10," Kiper said. "The chiseled, 6-foot, 208-pounder has exceptional acceleration -- I call it takeoff speed -- and great lateral quickness, but he also runs with good power inside. He had been pretty absent from the passing game but is more involved this year, which is key for his NFL stock. My big worry is health given the position he plays, but he is a legit possibility for Round 1 if healthy, no small feat in this era." Gordon III rushed for a career-high 259 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Wisconsin's 20-14 upset loss to Northwestern on Saturday. Gordon has already rushed for 871 yards and nine touchdowns on 105 attempts (8.3 YPC).
Oct 7 - 9:17 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "should feast on porous run defenses in the second half of the season as he makes his case for first round consideration and the Heisman Trophy," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

As Brugler notes, the Badgers don't have to contend with Michigan State or Ohio State on the schedule. Gordon has two 250-yard performances in his last three games. Gordon, who made his debut last week on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 19, has 871 yards and nine touchdowns on 105 attempts (8.3 YPC) this year. He and Georgia's Todd Gurley are both now projected to go in Round 1 this spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 6:56 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for a career-high 259 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, but the Badgers were upset 20-14 by Northwestern on Saturday.

Due to an anemic passing attack -- Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave combined for 138 yards on 12-of-29 passing -- the Badgers couldn't dent the scoreboard when they needed to. Gordon, who made his debut this week on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 19, has 871 yards and nine touchdowns on 105 attempts (8.3 YPC). He and Georgia's Todd Gurley are both now projected to go in the first stanza this spring.
Oct 6 - 2:29 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III made his debut this week on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

Gordon checks in at No. 19 overall. "Returning to college concerned me just because Gordon had a chance to be the first RB taken in the 2014 draft, and I don't want him to get hurt before he has a chance to make NFL money, so those 32(!) carries the coaches handed him Saturday against South Florida aren't a great sign," Kiper wrote. "That said, he's a special talent with great vision, explosiveness and then breakaway speed when he gets in space. Here's hoping the health doesn't become an issue because of workload." Gordon has rushed for 612 yards and eight touchdowns on 48 attempts this year, averaging a ludicrous 7.8 yards a carry.
Oct 3 - 6:12 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon "is averaging over 51 yards per carry on his first carry after halftime against FBS opponents."

The Wisconsin redshirt junior rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the school's recent 27-10 win over USF. The Badger prospect has rushed for 612 yards on 48 attempts, averaging 7.8 yards a carry, with 8 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Oct 1 - 3:55 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the school's 27-10 win over USF.

Gordon III also fumbled for the second time in his career (and the second this season). The running back displayed his quick feet on a 43 yard score, working through trash and multiple tackles at the second level before pulling away. He's a ridiculous talent and has a chance to be a first-round pick.
Sep 27 - 3:23 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 253 yards and five touchdowns on just 13 carries in the school's 68-17 win over Bowling Green.

Gordon III had been kept at bay this season due to facing a large volume of eight and nine man boxes, along with dealing with a minor hip injury. However, Rotoworld's Josh Norris had pointed out when Gordon saw open space he was still very effective. Gordon saw that space in this game, producing scoring runs of 21, 24, 50 and 69 yards. It is also worth pointing out that Gordon lost the first fumble of his career in this contest.
Sep 20 - 3:37 PM

Although ESPN's Todd McShay doesn't believe Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III has the home run speed of Jamaal Charles, the analyst thinks the Badgers' back's stock is on the rise.

"[Against LSU, Gordon] displayed excellent vision and patience and was running hard behind his pads," McShay wrote. "He did get tracked down from behind on one long run -- that's the difference between Gordon and Jamaal Charles -- but he still showed great acceleration off his plant foot and good lateral agility to make defenders miss in small creases." It wasn't all good news from the marquee matchup, however: "I'm still uncertain as to why his role was limited in the second half; after 12 carries in the first half, he had just four in the second," McShay wrote. "He is still a work in progress as a route runner, as he doesn't appear to have a good natural feel (no catches versus LSU, only three in his career), although he did look improved in pass protection Saturday night."
Sep 10 - 6:21 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III had more receptions (4) in a win over Western Illinois this past weekend than he had in his entire career before that (3).

NFL scouts have been questioning Gordon's "unproven ability to be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield." Gordon III was held to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries in the game, but he had four receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown. "He showed soft hands and the ability to reel-in tough grabs away from his body, both in the flat and the middle of the field," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote. "The thought among NFL scouts wasn't that he had poor receiving skills, but rather he didn't have the opportunity to show his ability as a pass catcher. That will change in 2014 as I expect Gordon to show he has all the requisite skills to be a feature NFL running back."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 7:35 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III was held to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries in the school's 37-3 win over Western Illinois.

Gordon did add 22 receiving yards and a touchdown on four receptions, an area of his game many questioned. The touchdown catch including him running through contact near the goal line. It is valid to question if Gordon III is being hobbled by a hip flexor injury. The season is early, so such an ailment could nag one of the nation's top runners for weeks to come.
Sep 6 - 3:06 PM

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III had a hip flexor injury that limited him in the second half of Saturday's loss to LSU.

Gordon was the best player on the field early, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown on his first 13 attempts. He mysteriously vanished in the second half, however, getting only three carries in the final 29 minutes of the 28-24 loss (Wisconsin led 24-7 at one point). Anderson said after the game that Gordon wasn't hurt, but the running back said on Monday that he injured himself on a second quarter run. "I should have let them know, let Coach A know and stepped up and told them, 'Look. I need to be in there,'" Gordon said. "I put that on myself." Gordon doesn't think the injury is serious. "It was very obvious he pulled up," Andersen said. "We were trying to be smart with him."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 8:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III "has a well-rounded skill-set and is elite in two areas: balance and acceleration."

The 6-foot-1,200 pound Gordon has the ability to go from "0-to-60 in a flash and bursts to top speed quickly with the vision and patience to follow blocks and find holes to daylight," Brugler notes. While Gordon doesn't have the ideal body type "he lowers his pads and keeps his legs pumping (think Jamaal Charles)," according to Brugler. The Wisconsin prospect had a strong season last year rushing for 1,609 rushing yards, while averaging only 16 touches a game. This season, Gordon should see quite the increase in touches in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 10:04 PM

NFL.com's team of draft experts ranks Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III as the No. 10 player in college football.

"A big-play runner with outstanding speed and quickness, Gordon might be the best running back to come through Madison since Ron Dayne," Bucky Brooks said. Gordon ran for an insane 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns while sharing carries with Patriots draft pick James White last season, with almost one-fourth of his carries (50 of 206) going for at least 10 yards. "Gordon doesn't get the publicity of his SEC brethren, but he averages 8.1 yards per carry and is a flat-out stud," Bryan Fischer said. "He said he will end the running back drought in the first round of the draft and he certainly has the talent to do so." Added Mike Huguenin: "There's nothing like a tailback that can take a simple pitch, run parallel to the line for a few steps, then stick his foot in the ground, make a quick cut and sprint 60 yards for a touchdown. Gordon does that better than any college tailback in the nation."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 4:16 PM