Name: Melvin Gordon
College: University of Wisconsin
Height/Weight: 6’1” / 207 lbs.
S.U. Rank: 1
Potential NFL Teams: Jacksonville, St. Louis, Minnesota
If Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, better known as “Beast Mode”, had a twin, his name would be Melvin Gordon.
Gordon comes from the same Wisconsin Badger backdrop as Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson but dominates the game much like Wilson’s partner-in-crime that is Lynch. Motivation plays a huge factor in how Gordon takes control of the game from the running back perspective. It’s brought him unfathomable success in college and will no doubt take him to high places in the pros.
Here are three reasons Melvin Gordon will be the next big thing on someone’s offensive front:
1. Four Score & Eight Yards Ago
Melvin Gordon had average seasons prior to last year. In last season alone, he rushed for just shy of 2,600 yards overall and beat out his previous record by nearly 1,000 yards.
Gordon rushed for 200 or more yards on five occasions for the Wisconsin Badgers, with one of those outings resulting in a massive stat of 408 total yards rushing. This feat came against Nebraska and was so great that it knocked off the previous title holder, LaDanian Tomlinson, from his collegiate high horse.
Oh yeah, and Gordon did that in just three quarters–not playing a snap in the fourth quarter.
Despite the fact that the very next week Gordon’s record of 408 yards was broken, the fact that he was able to do so with an entire quarter to go shows that he can no doubt produce at the next level.
From what I’ve seen of him, his style reminds me of not just a copy of Marshawn Lynch’s determination, but Adrian Peterson‘s sheer speed and superiority on the playing field.
It’s like boys versus one man when it comes to Melvin Gordon.
All I can say is, he’s ready to meet and play with the big boys now. He’s been ready.
2. Auburn Burns Red
Aside from setting a single-game record against Nebraska and being in consideration for last year’s historic Heisman Trophy, Gordon completely lit up the Auburn Tigers in the Outback Bowl.
Entering the bowl game as the clear underdog to Nick Marshall & Co., Gordon seemed to take the lack of people favoring his squad personally–and he took it out on all of the Tigers’ defenders that dare try and bring him down.
Gordon erupted for 251 yards rushing, averaging over seven yards per carry, and helped drive the Badgers to a 34-31 overtime victory to end their 2014-15 season and Gordon’s college career.
The reason that his performance against Auburn is so important is because just two years ago it was mostly Auburn’s stark defense that helped it get to the National Championship Game against Jameis Winston and the likes of Florida State.
Auburn was nearly able to shut down Winston, college football’s most prolific overall athlete in a long while, on a national stage–in other words, the spotlight meant nothing to them. With or without the television cameras and large and loud crowds supporting them, they were ready to take Winston out and leave everything on the field.
Yet somehow, someway, Melvin Gordon found a way to bulldoze his place in college football history.
3. Can’t Touch (down) This!
On top of doing all of the things listed above, Gordon was able to strike the end zone 29 times throughout the season. On top of his nearly 30 scores, Gordon was able to run the ball for a career-long 88 yard breakaway during the season.
This kind of production in the NFL would warrant, at the very least, some sort of MVP talk and consideration.
When it’s all said and done, Melvin Gordon simply brings his A-Game to the table. College defenses have yet to figure him out (with the exception of Ohio State; Buckeyes beat the Badgers 59-0 in Big 10 Championship), so it should be no surprise if NFL defenses struggle with him at first.
Plus, what’s better than a brand new face to the running game that has been lacking lately?
I’m all in!
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