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- Position: Running back (RB)
- Class: Junior (redshirt)
- College: Wisconsin
- Ht/Wt: 6'1", 205 pounds
Melvin Gordon is a lot of fun to watch. He has an incredible initial burst to his runs, and gets up to top speed in a hurry. Gordon doesn't have outstanding top speed, but it's very good, and should allow him to outrun many players in the NFL. His excellent balance allows him to extend runs for extra yardage when he pulls free from a tackle. He processes the play well, and shows the potential to put together a strong package of vision and awareness, although he benefits right now from the blocking on Wisconsin's line.
Gordon has an average level of power in his game, pushing the pile somewhat but not really breaking tackles on the regular. He is decisive and patient to a degree, but he prefers to string plays out toward the sideline rather than wait for a hole to open. He gained a ton of yardage on jet sweeps, which won't be as productive in the NFL. Gordon shows good potential as a blocker, and is already adept at chipping defenders when going out for a pass. His pro game will depend on how effectively he can add power, and if he can do enough between the tackles to open lanes for his long outside runs, but he shows star potential at the position.
Gordon is a really exciting player to watch, who evokes visions of Gale Sayers and other dangerous running backs when he carries the ball. He profited from great blocking in college, and is still developing the patience and vision required for an effective running back. If he masters that, he has the potential to be one of the top backs in the league. I grade him between the first and second round, as the third running back in my rankings. It's very possible that he's off the board before the Buffalo Bills pick at No. 50 overall.