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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 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

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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

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III over Georgia junior Todd Gurley.

The Wisconsin running back "is a home run hitter with very good acceleration and top-end speed, with the ability to make defenders miss both in the hole and in space," McShay writes. Gordon III was given a grade of 89 and Gurley was tagged with an 85. A third member of the SEC, Alabama junior TJ Yeldon, was given an 84. South Carolina's Mike Davis (80) and Duke Johnson of Miami (73) round out the top five.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 1:16 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon as a first-round pick.

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound speedster averaged a ludicrous 7.8 yards per carry and collected more than 1,600 yards in 2013. "Gordon ranks head and shoulders above all other Badger prospects," Pauline wrote. "He’s a tremendous combination of size, strength and explosion. Scouts love Gordon and his next level potential. I really want to see how he responds now that James White has graduated to the NFL; if he plays with the same abandon and how he responds being the sole back." Gordon is an electric playmaker, one of college football's best players, and doesn't lose much in his projection into the NFL. Pauline grades him as a first-round selection.
Aug 10 - 2:26 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon "has the natural talent to be the best NFL running back the Badgers' program has ever produced."

"Wisconsin has had an excellent run on running backs over time, most recently Montee Ball and James White. But Gordon has the natural talent to be the best NFL running back the Badgers' program has ever produced," Brugler wrote. The 6-1, 203-pound Gordon led the nation and set the Wisconsin single-season record with an average of 7.8 yards per carry, while ranking 10th in the country and second in the Big Ten with 1,609 rushing yards. According to Brugler, there is "no question" in his mind that Gordon "has first-round ability."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 4:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon as a first-round pick.

Gordon is an electric playmaker, one of college football's best players, and doesn't lose a ton in his projection into the NFL. This is news only because of the NFL's devaluation of running backs -- Gordon will attempt to re-introduce the league to the concept of a first-round back in the spring. The 6-1, 203-pound speedster averaged a ludicrous 7.8 yards per carry and collected more than 1,600 yards in 2013.
Aug 4 - 9:18 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that "NFL scouts are encouraged" by Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon's "ability to be a feature back at the next level."

"As a runner, Gordon is a long strider with sneaky quickness and acceleration in the hole. 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," Brooks wrote. The 6-1, 203-pound Gordon led the nation and set the Wisconsin single-season record with an average of 7.8 yards per carry, while ranking 10th in the country and second in the Big Ten with 1,609 rushing yards.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 3:34 PM

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.
Source: NFL
Jun 22 - 5:56 PM

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