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Melvin Gordon | Running Back

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

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva wanted to San Diego "grab at least one quality offensive lineman and an upgrade at nose tackle" but graded the Chargers as having a passing "B-" draft.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco surrendered a 2015 fourth-rounder and 2016 fifth-rounder to move up two spots in Round 1 to secure Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon. "Inside thumper [Denzel] Perryman was a crucial addition to a Chargers defense that couldn't stop the run last year," Silva wrote. "He'll make overpaid Donald Butler expendable sooner rather than later." ESPN's Mel Kiper also gave San Diego a "B-" and added that "Gordon has a real shot to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year." Kiper wishes San Diego had added a wide receiver or tight end. May 4 - 12:11 AM
Source: Rotoworld

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Chargers traded up with 49ers to select Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

In exchange for flipping first-round selections with the 49ers, San Diego is surrendering a 2015 fourth-round pick and 2016 fifth-rounder. Gordon will immediately slide in as Ryan Mathews' replacement. Gordon (6'1/215) succeeded Montee Ball as Wisconsin's bell-cow, parlaying 631 career carries into 4,915 yards (7.79 YPC!) and 45 touchdowns. On the flipside, he caught only 22 passes, and is a sub-par pass blocker on tape. "MG3" ran 4.52 at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-6 broad jump. Gordon has elite burst, but was stuffed for no yardage or a loss on nearly 20 percent of his college runs. He also fumbled once every 54.4 touches, the second highest fumble rate in the 2015 class. Still an exciting talent, Gordon projects best as a two-down runner with big-play ability.
Apr 30 - 9:50 PM

Scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel most often compared Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III to Jamaal Charles.

The comparison has been made often during the process. "But Jamaal catches the ball out of the backfield really well," a scout said. "That's not a part of his game (Gordon) is developed in. Even a year ago they were replacing him on third downs with James White. He's got solid speed, not special. He's an outside runner that will have to run inside in the NFL, and that's going to be a challenge. I don't think he's a complete back." Another scout agreed MGIII "need[s] work in the pass game," while a third said he "doesn't have any holes." A fourth concluded: "Is he going to be Todd Gurley or Earl Campbell? No, no way. But there's a lot to go on with that guy. There's a role for that guy. That's what everybody's playing. You're playing roles."
Apr 28 - 10:43 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "has a slight edge over Todd Gurley in my book based on the injuries."

"Gordon has the best stiff-arm in the draft," Gruden said. "He has 4.5 speed and his speed in pads on game day is the same. If I am the Dallas Cowboys and I want a back, I'm taking Gordon. If I'm San Diego, I'm looking at Gordon. I've seen him show awareness and I've seen him catch the ball at the combine and in games when thrown to. He looks like Roger Craig out there. He is going in the top 15 picks." Gruden is in the minority here, as most rate Gurley above MGIII. Gordon must improve his ball security. His 1.8 career fumble percentage is near the bottom of this year's class.
Apr 28 - 1:41 AM

An NFL scout said he is "highly impressed" with Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III, "but I don't take running backs in the first round."

"I like him," he said. "Guys like (Nebraska's) Randy Gregory shut it down in bowl games. Gordon played one of his better games the last game of the year (against Auburn). I think he likes the game." Despite the scout's RB bias, MGIII is expected to go in Round 1. "He could be a wow player," another scout said. "I worried a little bit about his top end (speed) and I didn't see him catch enough on tape." The Chargers, Lions, Cardinals and Cowboys are four potential future employers.
Apr 23 - 10:16 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "is best-suited for a zone-blocking scheme," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranks him No. 23 overall. "He's at his best utilizing his vision and patience to identify creases and then sticking his foot in the ground and quickly accelerating upfield," McShay wrote. "He also has a great sense for cutback lanes and reading the second level of the defense to exploit linebackers or safeties who over-pursue." McShay is most concerned about Gordon's ball security, as the runner's 1.8 career fumble percentage is amongst the dregs of this year's class. McShay also expressed reservation over Gordon's pass-catching and pass protection.
Apr 23 - 5:44 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III led the nation in missed tackles forced but finished only No. 6 in CFF's Elusive Rating.

The metric tries to isolate a runner's ability from his OL by weighting missed tackles and yards after contact against the RB’s touches. It's for that reason that MGIII falls a bit, as he had 343 touches last year (compared to 123 for Todd Gurley, who finished No. 1). "How many highly drafted running backs should get second contracts? That is a question analytics directors and general managers must ask in determining how early to select runners with shorter career spans," wrote Mike Sando. "Gordon's Speed Score was fifth in this class of backs, well below the 110 for first-round backs over the past decade, Football Outsiders has noted."
Apr 22 - 8:16 PM

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

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."
Source: NFL.com
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

NFLDraftScout.com'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