Melvin Gordon to leave school early for NFL Draft

AP

The deck is stacked against running backs these days, so good ones have to get it when they can.

And one of the best in college is leaving early for the NFL Draft.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon just said on the Dan Patrick Show that he’s leaving school after his junior season to enter the draft.

The Heisman finalist has had an incredible year for the Badgers, with 309 carries for 2,336 yards and 26 touchddowns.

With the rookie wage scale making it imperative for players to start the clock as soon as possible, and the general short shelf life at the position, running backs who are positioned to make the leap should whenever they can.

The league’s advisory board gave him a second-round grade last year, and this year’s performance would only help his status.

48 responses to “Melvin Gordon to leave school early for NFL Draft

  1. No reason for him to stay.

    College carries vs NFL Carries?

    Get paid for your carries, your body only has so many of them.

    Seattle and Cleveland will be interested for sure.

    He is a very, very good back. He’ll be a 1st rounder IMHO, especially with Gurley ending up getting hurt.

    Yeldon will be a good back too.

  2. You mean he doesn’t want to put another year of pounding on his body for free? Shocker!

    Good for him. We’d all do the same given the circumstances! I hope he does well!!

  3. He’d look real good in Blue and White with a Horseshoe on the side of his helmet….Just sayin’

  4. Good for him. Get out there and do this for money as a RB only has so many carries in him. I have said in most years stay away from Badger RBs. Not this guy. He is the best guy to run the ball at Wisconsin since Brent Moss (who would have been good as well if it wasn’t for getting into drugs). Most RBs at Wisconsin have been one trick ponies, this guy has it all. Speed, power and can catch. Pass blocking can be taught. Hope you go in the 1st round.

  5. Factoring in the Big10’s announcement this year that they’ll guarantee an athlete’s scholarship for their entire academic tenure and allow them to finish their degree under that scholarship even after they go pro, then this one’s a no brainer.

  6. His yards and carries although good are really not significant, all running backs can do this. Can he catch the ball. And most important can he pass protect.

  7. Anyone think this guy goes in the 1st round? It seems the past couple of years teams are waiting until round 2 to draft RB’s. Definitely hurts their earning potential and at a position that averages 4 years for a career.

  8. Melvin Gordon would look good wearing black and gold with three diamonds on the side of his helmet. Gordon and Bell would be a hell of a duo

  9. He should do well as long as he gets to play with a solid Oline. His game translates better to the pros than Monte Ball. Ball had so many runs in college where the middle would be stuffed and he would bounce it outside, both he and Reggie Bush know that doesn’t happen as frequently in the NFL. Thanks for another great year in Wisconsin best of luck on the next level.

  10. My guess is he goes in the early 20’s…. He is good, but not top end of the 1st round. Nothing personal, but what RB is these days. Even the great ones are average in the NFL. Yeldon is not a good NFL choice. He lacks blocking skills and run too upright. Gordon is a coveted every down back. Smart move wish him well. Hey, the Dolphins need a back to go with Lamar Miller, but too bad we need Tackles, Guards, Tight Ends, Safety, Corners, etc. etc.

  11. Having watched him over the past few years as a Badgers fan, he reminds me of Jamaal Charles. If he gets to the second level, he’s going to get his fair share of huge gains. Vastly underutilized in the passing game until very recently. I think he had something like 6 career catches until a few weeks ago. Very much in the Charles/Matt Forte mold as a run/pass threat that won’t need to be subbed out on 3rd down, which is increasingly rare. I still don’t think it’s a wise investment to take a RB in the 1st round, but he could sneak into the end and should be gone by pick 40. I think teams will be impressed when they see how much effort he puts into preparing himself for game time. There are zero questions about how much he loves the game.

  12. Yeah, ’cause he ran so well against Ohio State. Awesome use of a 1st, 2nd or 3rd round draft choice. RBs are a dime a dozen at this point in time.

  13. Great decision by Gordon. If teams continue to devalue the running back position he could actually wind up on a good team in the late 1st round (i.e. Colts, Ravens).

    With the immediate success of 2013 draftees like Le’Veon Bell, Gio Bernard, and Lacy (all 2nd round picks) it will be interesting to see if a team is willing to take him in the top-15 picks.

  14. Good for him. He’s had a great career in Madison. Time to go make some money to compensate for all of that beating his body has taken. The Badgers have their next guy waiting in the wings so they should not miss a beat next year. Their problem however, is depth, they have struggled this year to attract quality running backs.

  15. To be accurate he didn’t actually say he was leaving, he laughed at the question. Dan Patrick said “that laugh tells me you’re leaving”.

  16. He’s a stud, no way around it. Can’t imagine too many teams who wouldn’t mind seeing him in their colors.

    He’ll go between picks 12 and 20.

  17. He’s a stud, no way around it. Can’t imagine too many teams who would mind seeing him in their colors.

    He’ll go between picks 12 and 20.

  18. Colts take him late in the first round, 26-29, and put him in the depth chart with Vic Ballard, Boom Herron and draft a couple O lineman in 2nd and 3rd rounds and the Colts win Super Bowl 2016.

  19. This guys is a bad dude.. Just look at him in this pic. cant wait to see what he can do in the NFL. I wish him all the best, he’s a good kid and a monster with this ball in his arm..

  20. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 10, 2014 12:01 PM
    Even though he’s from Wisconsin, I wouldn’t mind seeing him as the replacement for Adrian Peterson. Wide receiver is the first priority, though.
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    Yes they do need a WR, what I don’t understand in a draft class that was argued to be one of the deepest at WR in years, I am not saying they had to get Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin, the Vikings didn’t draft any. They could have got guys like M. Bryant or J. Abbredaris.

    I think 1 WR should be taken every year it creates depth and there are so many different styles of WR such as possession and speedster that can mesh well and compliment teammates.

    Then maybe the Vikings could hit on one and find a true #1 for the first time since 1998. Instead of wasting 1st picks on WRs that are better Hbs and KRs like Harvin and Patterson.

    With or without Peterson next season, The only way that Gordon should get picked by them is if he is available in the 4th round. Besides they won’t have a 2nd round pick to use to get him. They have traded it away every time for the last 3 drafts.

  21. Also, Gordon’s draft stock should rise with Gurley rehabbing from a torn ACL. Gordon is the clear #1 RB coming out this year so some team might pull the trigger earlier than we’ve seen a RB taken in recent memory.

  22. Never draft a running back you can get all you need in free agency and undrafted rookies. These guys are a dime a dozen absolutely the the 22 nd position that needs to be addressed.

  23. Let me interject some reality here…

    Teams that already have a RB, are not drafting another one in the 2nd round…because that’s where he will most likely go, if not the end of the first round.

    CJ Spiller is about to be let go from Buffalo. Fred Jackson will be 35 years old. Boobie Dixon is not a full time tailback, Bryce Brown hasn’t showed much this season.

    Doug Marrone and Tyrone Wheatley recruited Gordon to Syracuse, just missing out on him…and Gordon’s high school coach is from Syracuse and a Bills fan.

    It all makes sense IF he falls to the 2nd…as he is the kind of back that Buffalo wants…and Whaley has scouted him a lot over the past 2 years, as he mentioned.

    (I don’t want them taking a RB with their first pick in the draft, but I love the kid and wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.)

  24. A great RB helps a team a lot. But as Bucky Badger keeps discovering (but doesn’t seem to really “learn,”), a great RB doesn’t get a team to the very top without at least a very good QB and WRs.

  25. As Bucky Badger keeps seeing but doesn’t really seem to learn, a great RB only takes you so far. At some point you need a good passing attack too.

  26. Yes they do need a WR, what I don’t understand in a draft class that was argued to be one of the deepest at WR in years, I am not saying they had to get Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin, the Vikings didn’t draft any. They could have got guys like M. Bryant or J. Abbredaris.

    I think 1 WR should be taken every year it creates depth and there are so many different styles of WR such as possession and speedster that can mesh well and compliment teammates.
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    J. Abbre-WHO?

    I understand why the Packers draft wide receivers every year. It’s the only position that Ted Thompson is good at drafting.

  27. In Teddy We Trust says:

    I understand why the Packers draft wide receivers every year. It’s the only position that Ted Thompson is good at drafting.

    I understand why the Vikings keep drafting and FA-signing QBs. It’s one of many positions that Spielman isn’t any good at drafting.

  28. I understand why the Packers draft wide receivers every year. It’s the only position that Ted Thompson is good at drafting.
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    Yeah, because there is hardly anyone else on the Packers roster that Ted Thomspon has drafted… It is called a plan…. Do you know what makes letting Greg Jennings or James Jones go easier when they what get PAID?

    Having a player like Randall Cobb ready step in… Cobb is great, but he is a FA after this year… Does any Packer fan want to see him leave? No! Drafting a guy like Adams to allow him get a year under his belt will help that transition if he does choose to though.

    It is also done to help out QBs. So say like the Cowboys drafting Bryant, or Terrance Williams. Or the Falcons drafting Julio Jones, Bengals drafting AJ Green for whomever would eventually be their QB or Benjamin for Newton.

    Instead the Vikings would rather draft a KR in first and hope to remold him as a WR. Then have issues with him less than two season, and wonder why the square peg can’t fit into a round hole.

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