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Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III was named Todd McShay's highest draft RB riser this year.

"What stood out was the junior's patience and vision, but he also has improved his pad level, pass protection and routes," McShay wrote. "He has 8.18 career yards per carry, and if he keeps his current 8.3-ypc pace, he'll break the career mark held by Army's Glenn Davis (8.26, 1943-46)." Gordon, who rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in Saturday's win over Iowa, has put up five 200-yard games this year.
Nov 27 - 3:01 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in Saturday's win over Iowa.

Unlike the wet paper towel of a front he faced against Nebraska on his way to 408 yards, Iowa actually played a modicum of defense on Gordon and managed to bottle him up for most of the game. He was repeatedly forced to take small gains and it wasn't until an 88-yard run late in the game that the redshirt junior pumped up his yardage total. Gordon's willingness to take what he's given, rather than dance in the backfield for losses, is one of his best traits and something he did again and again versus the Hawkeyes. This was his fifth game with 200 or more rushing yards, and his third in a row.
Nov 22 - 7:07 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline had Wisconsin redshirt junior Melvin Gordon III going in the top 10 in a preliminary mock draft.

Specifically, Pauline slots Gordon No. 9 to the Vikings. "I can imagine the four letter expletives being hurled at me by Vikings fans but fact is we don’t know when the Adrian Peterson saga will end and when it does we don’t know if he’ll still be a Viking," Pauline wrote. "Wisconsin backs have not lived up to expectations in the NFL but I believe Gordon has the 'it' factor as Peterson did entering the draft." Gordon's path into the top half of the first round became clearer upon Todd Gurley's unfortunate knee injury.
Nov 21 - 5:12 PM

On the CFB 24/7 podcast, Wisconsin redshirt junior Melvin Gordon III said, "I'm not the same runner as Ron Dayne."

Gordon bristled at the notion that he might just be a product of the team system. "I hear people say Wisconsin backs aren't good or are good at the collegiate level and are not at the NFL level. It just upsets me because none of us are the same guy," said the junior. He said that the runner he sees himself as closest to is Jamaal Charles. Gordon's rushed for 1,909 yards this season and was just named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 7:32 PM

The Journal Sentinel reports that Wisconsin redshirt junior Melvin Gordon III has been named a Doak Walker semifinalist.

On Wednesday, Gordon was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the top RB in the nation. The Wisconsin prospect currently leads the nation in rushing with 1,909 rushing yards, and only needs 91 yards to become the 17th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 in a season. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Gordon set an FBS single-game record with 408 yards against Nebraska last Saturday.
Nov 19 - 2:27 PM

Houston Texan J.J. Watt said that Wisconsin redshirt junior Melvin Gordon III was "one of the best [he's] ever seen do it at the collegiate level."

"I've been very fortunate to play with a lot of great running backs, John Clay and Montee Ball, and playing in the league with Arian [Foster]. The thing Melvin has been able to do is unbelievable. He's playing very well," said Watt. Not exactly hard-hitting analysis, but Watt's not putting any caveats on there, either. Earlier on Tuesday, NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt tweeted that Gordon's 408 yards against Nebraska "reminded [him] a bit of Tony Dorsett." Gordon's got the hyperbole machine running at full speed, but it's hard to argue with what people are saying at this point. The redshirt junior is generally expected to be the first running back off of the board now that Todd Gurley is rehabbing from a torn ACL.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 18 - 7:58 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon "reads his blocks very well" and shows "terrific burst out of his cuts with the light feet that suggest he could be a world-class dancer."

"Gordon showed off his above average balance and acceleration, running through arm tackles and hitting his top speed in a flash to quickly get to the second level and beyond. He reads his blocks very well and showed terrific burst out of his cuts with the light feet that suggest he could be a world-class dancer if he wanted to go that route," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Gordon set an FBS single-game record with 408 yards versus Nebraska. Brugler adds that "Gordon is the odds-on-favorite to be the first running back drafted in the 2015 class."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 3:01 PM

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt notes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon reminded him of Tony Dorsett in Saturday's 59-24 win over Nebraska.

"Just re-watched Nebraska vs Wisconsin and Melvin Gordon. Been awhile since I've seen explosion like that. Reminded me a bit of Dorsett," Brandt tweeted. In 1977, Gil Brandt was the the VP of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, when Tony Dorsett was drafted as the No. 2 overall pick. Last weekend, the Badgers prospect put on a show in the snow versus Nebraska, rushing for 234 yards before halftime and had rushed for 408 and four touchdowns on 25 carries by the end of the third quarter.
Nov 18 - 2:10 PM

In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler had Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III being drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 21st pick.

Gordon essentially takes the place of the injured Todd Gurley in this draft, as will probably be the case in a lot of mocks released this week. Gordon is as hot as pancakes right now, fresh off of his record-setting jaunt (408 yards) through the snows of Madison. With Gurley's inevitable drop, the first-round door is opened for another dynamic running back such as Gordon or Indiana's Tevin Coleman.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 17 - 11:58 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks said that he thought Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III could find more success in the NFL than other former Badger backs.

Among the 1,000 yard Wisconsin rushers who have not found long-term success at the pro-level since 2005 are P.J. Hill, John Clay and Brian Calhoun. Brooks believes Gordon could be different based on his "home-run ability" and perhaps more importantly, his "willingness to grind it out between the tackles." Young runners at the next level often spend too much time dancing around in the backfield, but Gordon is a decisive runner. Brooks believes that Gordon's "speed, burst and eye discipline will help him consistently post positive gains, which is critical to success as a pro."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 17 - 10:01 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III set an FBS single-game record with 408 yards rushing in Saturday's 59-24 win over Nebraska.

On a snowy day in Madison, Wisconsin, Melvin Gordon exploded. He rushed for 234 yards before halftime and had rushed for 408 and four touchdowns on 25 carries by the end of the third quarter (the previous record was held by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson at 406 yards). The game was out of hand by then and he sat in the fourth quarter. The junior showed the explosive shiftiness that has some scouts comparing him to LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles. He busted several long touchdown runs through contact and showed patience to set up blocks. This performance, against a good defense, could catapult Gordon's draft stock and give Georgia's Todd Gurley a run for his money as first running back off the board.
Nov 15 - 7:10 PM

A veteran NFL executive told NFL.com's Albert Breer that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III reminds him of LeSean McCoy.

"[Saturday's game against Nebraska] will be a good test for [Gordon]," said the executive. Gordon's also received comparisons to Jamaal Charles, Andre Allington and Laurence Maroney. Gordon rushed 25 times for 205 yards and a touchdown last week against Purdue. Teams with RB needs will certainly be watching Saturday's Wisconsin-Nebraska tilt closely, as they'll get a chance to see both Gordon and Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah in Madison.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 14 - 5:17 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah spoke with five NFL executives, three of which believe Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III's best comparison is Jamaal Charles.

"Both guys have upright running styles, great speed and catch the ball well," one executive said. "Gordon isn't quite as fast. They do have similar body types." Gordon has received more passing down work this season, which means exposures as a receiver and in pass protection on tape. The two other comparisons were Andre Ellington and Laurence Maroney.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 13 - 11:31 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III rushed for 205 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in the school's 34-16 win over Purdue.

Perhaps more importantly, Gordon caught three passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Many have questioned Gordon in the passing game. He did not receive many exposures there before this season, and then this year he has dropped a couple of passes. The score occurred on a 27 yard wheel route, and Gordon looked very comfortable in space.
Nov 8 - 3:57 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that health is "the biggest key at this point" for Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III.

Kiper's concern for Gordon mainly revolves around the junior's workload. This season, he's rushed 173 times for 1,296 yards. Workload questions aside, Kiper wrote that "Gordon is an easy accelerator, and he cuts with explosiveness and little wasted motion," evidenced by his sterling 7.5 YPC average. "He will miss a hole here and there in search of a bigger lane," noted Kiper, "but he has good vision, isn't afraid of contact and has breakaway speed when he gets in space." It's possible that Gordon's the second running back off the board behind Georgia's Todd Gurley.
Nov 5 - 6:29 PM


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