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Melvin Gordon | Running Back

Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200

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Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon reminds NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks of a young Darren McFadden.
"Gordon is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball as a runner," Brooks wrote. In a heads-up comparison between Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley, Brooks preferred Gordon. "He is a speed demon (Gordon reportedly clocks 40-yard dash times in the low-to-mid 4.4-second range) with remarkable explosiveness and instant acceleration," Brooks wrote. "Gordon quickly gets to top gear in the open field, but appears to have an extra burst when he needs to pull away from defenders on long runs." The 6-1, 203-pound speedster averaged a ludicrous 7.8 yards per carry and collected more than 1,600 yards in 2013. Jun 22 - 5:56 PM
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NFL evaluators are "smitten" by Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon due to his "home-run" hitting ability, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The NFL is keenly interested in Gordon's "speed, explosiveness and big-play potential as a perimeter runner." Gordon averaged a ludicrous 7.8 yards per carry and collected more than 1,600 yards in 2013. The 6-1, 203-pound speedster surprisingly decided to return to school for one more season even though most believe he would have been the first RB selected earlier this month. "As a runner, Gordon is a long strider with sneaky quickness and acceleration in the hole," Brooks wrote. "He flashes explosive pitter-pat bouncing runs to the perimeter, but is more than a 'one-trick pony' as a runner. Gordon effectively runs between the tackles on counters and powers, exhibiting enough strength and power to run through arm tackles in traffic. As a result, NFL scouts are encouraged by his ability to be a feature back at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 1:34 PM

NFL.com's Mike Huguenin believes Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon could have been the first running back taken in the 2014 draft.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in March that the Badgers' star was the top back on some draft boards this year. Gordon (6-foot-1, 207 pounds), a junior, "is a dynamic playmaker who needs to show more toughness and that he knows how to catch the ball," according to Huguenin. Gordon rushed for 1,609 yards in 2013, good for 10th-most in the nation. Huguenin predicts he'll be the Big 10's best offensive player this coming season.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 7:06 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon doesn't regret returning to school for another season.

Gordon very well could have been the highest-drafted RB in the 2014 class if he'd declared. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in fact, recently reported that the Badgers' star was the top back on some draft boards this year. "Some guys thought I should have left," Gordon said. "They're just like, 'I told you so." Gordon rushed for 1,609 yards in 2013, good for 10th-most in the nation. "I feel I can catch," he said. "I just have to get the opportunity in the game, to show people. And I will this year. For the people who don't think I can catch, I'm definitely aiming to prove them wrong."
Mar 11 - 7:37 PM

Former Wisconsin RB Montee Ball told redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon III to return to school in 2014 rather than enter the NFL draft.

"I just told him, 'If you really want my opinion, I think you should stay. I think you should have the opportunity to be the starter, to take the bulk of the carries and really showcase what you can do," Ball said. With James White leaving, Gordon should see more pass protection and receiving opportunities. The Badgers do have another talented, younger, runner in Corey Clement, so expect the two to split carries.
Jan 30 - 10:47 AM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon ran for 143 yards on 25 rushing attempts in Wednesday's 34-24 loss to No. 8 South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.

Gordon and James White combined for 250 rush yards on 37 carries, and Wisconsin ran for 293 yards total against South Carolina. Wisconsin held a 14-13 halftime lead but couldn't keep up with South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw's five touchdowns. "That was a knock-down, drag out fight," Gamecocks' defensive end Victor Hampton said. "Everybody was saying we couldn't stop the run, but we showed them different. They got some yards on us in the first half and (Melvin Gordon) was really impressive, but in the second half, it was all over. We shut them down." Gordon announced last month that he will return to school for his junior season. He's a 2014 Heisman candidate.
Jan 1 - 11:22 PM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon announced that he will return to school for his junior season.

"After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year," Gordon said in a statement. "I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth. Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship." Gordon requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last week. Rotoworld's Josh Norris had previously tabbed Gordon the top draft-eligible prospect at his position.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 04:53:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon has requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

"It's what he wants to do, I'm going to respect that and support it," head coach Gary Andersen said. Gordon is reportedly the only non-senior Badger to test NFL draft waters. Our own Josh Norris considers Gordon the top draft-eligible prospect at his position, and Gordon might be wise to get ahead of next year's loaded running back class. He compares favorably to Jamaal Charles.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon productivity has dropped off since October.

Fellow star running back James White has subsequently flourished, rushing for more yards in each of the past four games. In those contests, Gordon has rushed for 363 yards and a TD, while White has collected 609 yards and six TDs. Gordon met with Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock earlier this week. "He just told me I backed him up in a corner by fumbling," Gordon said. "James has been consistent this year without putting the ball on the ground. It was a big game, and he was just more comfortable with James."
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 08:47:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the school's 51-3 win over Indiana.

Gordon posted a long run of 44 yards. This one was over early, and Wisconsin was able to keep their offense on the ground for the duration. Comparisons can be difficult, but Gordon compares very favorably to Jamaal Charles.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 04:23:00 PM

Wisconsin student Zack Miller, who writes for the school's newspaper, cites a source close to redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon who would be shocked if the runner declared for the NFL after this season.

The source says Gordon wants to make a run at the Heisman Trophy next season. We have repeatedly stated that Gordon should declare, since he would be the most talented runner in the class and jump next year's loaded group. Nothing is concrete until the January deadline for non-senior prospects to declare, so don't write Gordon's name off just yet.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 12:09:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah spoke with one NFL executive who said the RB position is the weakest part of the 2014 class.

"The worst position is an easy answer. The running back depth is very thin," the executive said. He added the wide receiver group is the strongest position in the class, including "a lot of athletic tight ends." This is reliant on top junior and redshirt sophomores declaring.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 10:04:00 AM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in the school's 56-32 win over Illinois.

This is why we rank him the top draft-eligible running back at the position. Gordon is such a smooth runner with great long speed and balance on contact. His lack of pass protection reps could hold him back during the draft process, however.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 35-6 win over Northwestern.

Gordon only had one down performance of the season against Ohio State, but otherwise he has been a gamebreaker. Gordon took one carry 71 yards for a score, and continued to carry the offense with Jared Abbrederis sidelined with a head injury. He is our top draft-eligible prospect at the position.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 08:03:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon is "in good shape" for Saturday's game against Northwestern.

Gordon was previously considered questionable with a left knee injury he suffered against Ohio State. The redshirt sophomore is the top draft-eligible prospect at the position and the Badgers' top offensive option, which they'll need against a stingy Wildcat team.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 01:41:00 PM