2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon Player Profile
April 1, 2015
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School: Wisconsin Badgers
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Position: Running Back
Career Stats: 631 carries, 4,915 rushing yards and 45 rushing touchdowns.
Strengths: Melvin Gordon doesn’t fall into that Big Ten slow category you would expect, as he accelerates quite quickly and has a second gear he can reach when he gets in the open field. Gordon runs with great balance and sees the field well. Gordon also does a nice job of creating for himself when nothing is there, as he has the ability to kick runs to the outside and hurt defenses with his elusiveness. Gordon still made plays despite often running into a stacked box. Another thing to love about Melvin Gordon is that he’s willing to be a workhorse. While more teams are going to a two or three-back system, Gordon carried the ball more than 500 times in his last two seasons win Wisky.
Weaknesses: My main issue with Melvin Gordon is that he’s not a great receiver (Although he did catch 19 passes as a junior), something that needs to improve in today’s NFL where the RB is more than just a runner. Gordon could also improve in the blocking department, especially when it comes to his technique. Ball security was an issue for Melvin Gordon late in the season, as he gave up the ball six times in his final five games.
Projection: Melvin Gordon’s struggles in pass-catching and blocking have me questioning if he can be an every-down back. Still, if your team is looking for a playmaker in the backfield, Gordon is the guy for you. I see Melvin Gordon being selected within the first two rounds and providing a spark for a team that needs help offensively.