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ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl believe Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "has just average versatility in the passing game."

"He caught the ball well [at the combine], but he also appeared to lack ideal body control in adjusting to throws, and he doesn't look to have natural hand-eye coordination bringing the ball in," they wrote. "Teams considering drafting him will have to feel comfortable that he can improve in this area." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound ran a 4.52-second forty-yard dash at the combine, posting a Speed Score of 103.0. He added a broad jump of 10 feet, 6 inches, and a vertical jump of 35 inches. "Gordon also displayed good body control and smooth feet through bag and cone drills," noted Scouts Inc.
Mar 5 - 9:06 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "played in a zone system at Wisconsin that is similar to what the Eagles do," and NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Gordon is the right fit, if the Eagles are looking for a RB in the first-round.

"If it's the first round, Melvin Gordon, because he's one of the best ones there," Brooks said. "He played in a zone system at Wisconsin that is similar to what the Eagles do, in terms of how he reads lanes and cuts." The Wisconsin prospect has the ideal size and speed for the position, and excels between the tackles. If Kelly is looking for a complete back, with more power and north-south to his game, than Gordon fits that profile.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 2:26 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein questioned the idea that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III is a "natural zone scheme runner."

Gordon is "hesitant on reads and with cutback lanes," Zierlein writes. Lance has watched a zone scheme for many years while living in Houston and closely following the Texans. Gordon ran behind a slant blocking offensive line, or at least it was frequently used with the Badgers.
Mar 4 - 12:48 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "had a decent [combine] workout but not a great one, putting up results that were average or above-average in every category," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay was discussing MGIII as a way to illustrate his larger point, which was that this talented running back class, as a group, disappointed at the combine. "The fact two of our four top-ranked backs weren't able to work out due to injury -- Georgia's Todd Gurley and Indiana's Tevin Coleman -- had an impact on this group, but even taking their absences into account, this was a disappointing performance," McShay wrote. "Last year, 10 running backs ran the 40-yard dash faster than 4.5 seconds; this year, only three did." Gordon III ran a 4.52-second forty-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, posting a Speed Score of 103.0.
Mar 2 - 11:08 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote "I have faith" in Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein.

The massive 6-foot-8, 333-pounder had a forgettable time at the combine. 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 did not appear to move well and didn't look very fast or strong," Brandt wrote. "But he was on a Wisconsin team that won a lot of games (39) and featured a great running attack during his time there. The Badgers rushed for 200-plus yards 12 times and 300-plus yards five times last season, and Havenstein did not get called for holding once in 2014 while surrendering just 2.5 sacks. He's been extremely well coached and demonstrates great technique. Will that help him against NFL-level pass rushers?"
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 6:46 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III posted a Speed Score of 103.0 at the NFL Combine.

"That ended up as the fifth-highest score in this year's class, though it certainly doesn't match the average score of a first-round running back over the past decade, which is around 110," noted ESPN's Aaron Schatz. Gordon ran a 4.52-second forty-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds. Gordon, the favorite to be the first running back off the board, has big hands (9 3/4").
Feb 28 - 4:38 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III could land with the Dallas Cowboys at No.27 and thinks he "would be a nice replacement if Demarco Murray leaves as a free agent."

The Cowboys' offensive line will help an explosive runner like Gordon churn out 1,200 yards annually. The ex-Badger would be a nice replacement if Demarco Murray leaves as a free agent," Brooks wrote. The Wisconsin RB did get a chance to meet with the Dallas Cowboys at the combine, and has a good relationship with Jerry Jones. If the Cowboys are looking for a back to step right in and be a work horse, Gordon III gives Dallas a solid option. In his last two seasons at Wisconsin, he racked up a whopping 549 carries, while averaging 7.5 yards a carry.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 2:27 PM

The MMQB's Greg A. Bedard does not think Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III is a first-round talent "right now."

"There’s just one thing Gordon is lacking at this time: three-down ability," Bedard writes, adding Gordon III was frequently taken off the field in passing situations. MGIII did show a "willingness" when allowed to pass protect, but was not asked to recognize blitzers and does not "possess natural feel in space as a receiver." As far as running with the football, Bedard says the Badger can be "breathtaking." We think there is a considerable gap between Gurley and the next group of ball carriers, and Gurley fits more in a clump of other runners than in first-round consideration.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 24 - 10:18 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon has "got a little bit of Jamaal Charles in him."

This comparison gets made frequently. As with all comparisons, be careful about reading into it too literally. MGIII (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) is bigger than Charles, but also roughly .15 seconds slower in the forty-yard dash (Gordon had forty times of 4.52 and 4.53 on Saturday). "Unique runner," the scout said. "Upright, fast runner. He's quick and has very good feet." A better comparison might be Robert Smith, who similarly wasn't thought of as fast, but who outran just about every defensive back he encountered. "He's good, but against those slow (expletive) Big Ten guys," said another scout. "That's what bothers me a little bit."
Feb 23 - 7:43 PM

Hall of Fame RB and NFL Network combine on-field broadcast analyst Marshall Faulk wasn't concerned by Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon's forty times of 4.52 and 4.53.

"He has enough speed -- he can break the long run," Faulk said. Some may have been disappointed in MGII's times, but they have no reason to be, as the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder clocked some of the best numbers in this year's RB class. Perhaps all those comparisons to Jamaal Charles had some expecting a similar mid-4.3s score. Gordon, the favorite to be the first running back off the board, has big hands (9 3/4").
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 12:31 AM

NFL.com called Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein the "biggest workout loser" amongst offensive lineman.

The massive 6-foot-8, 333-pounder had a forgettable testing day. He beat only eight offensive lineman with a 5.46 40-yard dash, had one of the worst 20-year 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. Consider Havenstein as something of a poor man's Phil Loadholt, a lumbering road grader who will interest run-heavy teams looking to develop a mauler at right tackle. Make no mistake, though: Havenstein needs works.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 3:10 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock ranks Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III as the No. 1 RB prospect.

The Wisconsin stud running back displays big-play ability and should be the first back to have his name called in the draft. With Todd Gurley coming off an ACL injury, Gordon gets a slight boost in his draft stock. Gordon should offer an NFL team a complete running back, that is the definition of a home-run hitter at the position.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 3:03 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon's "40 times [at the combine] and results in the shuttle and cone drills, if he chooses to do those, could be noteworthy," notes NFL.com.

"With Georgia's Todd Gurley unlikely to participate in any individual events as he rehabs from a torn ACL, Gordon will get a lot of the running back spotlight," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He seems likely to go in the first round, and Gurley's injury might mean Gordon will be the first back selected. Gordon deservedly received a ton of hype after rushing for 2,587 yards in 2014, second-most in FBS history. He also showed more as a receiver and blocker, though there still are questions about those facets of his game." Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson also compares MGIII to Charles, and believes the Badger will be the first RB taken in the spring draft. Badgers' AD Barry Alvarez called Gordon "probably the best ever to come through" the Wisconsin football program.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 12:20 AM

Wisconsin TE Sam Arneson declined a combine invite.

Arneson announced his retirement from football after Wisconsin's Outback Bowl victory over Auburn. "That was my last game," he said. "It's a combination of injuries and such, and what's right for me. I've had knee troubles since high school and I had a concussion. I didn't play in the second half of the Big Ten championship game. It's time for me. For my future, it's what's right for me." Arneson could have been a Day 3 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 11:30 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks compares Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon III to Jamaal Charles.

"When I look at him on tape, he kind of reminds me of Jamaal Charles," Brooks said. "A guy that has the pitter-pat in the hole, has the speed, the burst, the acceleration to take it the distance, but what I'm really impressed with is the toughness he showed running between the tackles. ... This is the guy who is going to break the mold of the traditional Wisconsin running back, because I think he's going to be a star at the NFL level." Former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson also compares MGIII to Charles, and believes the Badger will be the first RB taken in the spring draft. Gordon ran 2,587 yards in 2014, the second-highest total ever, along with 29 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 10:16 PM


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