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Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein "is the type of player who could be found as late as Day 3 and end up developing into one of the best offensive linemen in the draft," writes Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus.

"He needs to work on his pass protection, tying for just 60th in this draft class with a pass-blocking efficiency rating of 96.3 percent last season, but he already looks very good as a run-blocker," McGuinness wrote. "He impresses at the second level, and when he got there against linebackers in 2014, it was game over, swallowing them up and finishing his blocks well. He shows quick feet, which helps when he is asked to pull, and he did a good job setting up cutback blocks on zone runs." Havenstein was frequently the lead convoy behind which Melvin Gordon found open field in 2014, but he's a scheme-specific prospect only desirable to run-heavy teams. A scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently compared Havenstein to Jon Runyan. Another scout likened him to Tony Pashos.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 2:03 AM

Wisconsin DT Warren Herring "plays his (expletive) off," said an NFL scout.

"Not real tall," he said. "I can't see him as a nose and he's certainly not a five-technique. I don't know where you play him in our (3-4) defense. Will he get drafted? He could. It depends how his knee is." The 6-foot-2, 287-pound Herring, who runs a 5.20 forty, finished with 56 tackles (10 for loss) and 4.5 sacks. "Medical concerns," said a second scout. "Just a few starts last year. Undersized. Got a little movement but lacks strength and size."
Apr 25 - 5:07 PM

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein reminds an NFL scout "a little bit of Jon Runyan."

"He played in the league a long time and was a tough guy," the scout said. "Havenstein competes. He's got to get a little stronger. I think he's a third- or fourth-round guy. He'll be a make-it guy and play in the league for a few years." A different scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had a different comparison. "He's like Tony Pashos," another scout said. "He's going to play because he's too damn big. He stays up on his feet pretty good. His problem is going to be quickness. I like him. Ricky Wagner is a way better athlete. This guy is tough." A third scout highlighted Havenstein's inconsistency. "One game, I said, 'Wow, this guy's a good player,'" he said. "Then he went three or four games and was just kind of flopping around. He's going to be a big mauler type. He's third, fourth round, something like that."
Apr 23 - 10:45 PM

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 WR/KR Kenzel Doe will be a UDFA because of his size, according to an NFL scout, but possesses a good attitude and a number of plus athletic traits.

"Kind of an interesting guy," the scout said. "Free agent because he's little, but he's about the one guy on the team that looked like he had some speed. Good hands. Aggressive north-south returner. Little burst. Also the gunner on the punt team. Goes downfield and makes tackles." The 5-foot-7 1/2, 175-pound Doe, who runs a 4.54 forty, averaged 9.8 yards per punt return and 23.9 yards per kickoff return in college, chipping in 42 catches for 379 yards (9.0) and one score. "Yeah, he's got a little something to him," another scout said. "He's small but he's got some quick speed and he's tough."
Apr 23 - 9:12 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

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein "is a massive right tackle who can really help a team that wants to be a power running team," wrote CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He isn't a great athlete, but he is good in the run game," Prisco wrote. Havenstein made Prisco's "Better-Than team," basically a list of underrated prospects. The massive 6-foot-8, 333-pound Havenstein had an awful combine with a 5.46 40-yard dash, one of the worst 20-yard shuttle showings amongst linemen (4.87), the worst three-cone drill time (8.28), and an OL-low 16 reps on the bench press. In a run-first scheme, however, he could become a starting RT.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 10:25 PM

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein has had private workouts for the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Despite Havenstein's horrid combine showing -- he beat only eight offensive linemen with a 5.46 40-yard dash, had one of the worst 20-yard shuttle showings amongst linemen (4.87), had the worst three-cone drill time (8.28), and posted a field-low 16 reps on the bench press -- he "has impressed NFL teams with his size, intelligence and toughness," according to Aaron Wilson. Wisconsin's 320.1 rushing yards per game ranked third nationally last year and Melvin Gordon was frequently instructed to run behind Havenstein's wake. Havenstein is only a desirable prospect for run-heavy teams.
Apr 19 - 7:40 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


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