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Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: Melvin Gordon, RB

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2015 draft

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon

Running Back

Height: 6' 1", Weight: 215 lbs


Strengths: Melvin ran for 408 yards against Nebraska last season. That was an FBS single game record setting performance...for a week. But it is still no small accomplishment. His 29 rushing touchdowns last year led the nation. Gordon set school records at Wisconsin with 12 100 yard games. Six of those games were technically 200 yards games. He has a good burst. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry in his last two seasons. Melvin has a good spin move and can jump gaps to open up a play. He is agile with good balance. He keeps his feet moving all the time. His pass catching improved last season. His Combine results were a 4.52 second 40 yard dash, a 35" vertical jump, and a 10'6" broad jump.

Weaknesses: Melvin Gordon was held to zero yards or a loss on 19.2% of his runs. He can be indecisive if a crease isn't readily available. Gordon also had six fumbles in his last five games. As  a receiver, his hands have improved, but they are still not reliable. He also needs to improve his pass protection.

Bottom Line: Melvin Gordon will most likely be the first running back taken in the draft. He won't be able to outrun defensive backs in the NFL like he did in college. He's talented, with a good burst and long strides. To be successful, he'll have to improve his feel between the tackles and hang on to the ball better.

Projected Round: 1

Team He Fits Best On: Chargers, Cardinals, Cowboys