Nov 9, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) during the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Wisconsin redshirt sophomore running back Melvin Gordon maybe won’t leave for the NFL this season, but if you want to talk about striking when the iron is hot, there might not be a better time for this kid.
The breakout player up in Madison has run for 1,306 yards and 12 touchdowns so far this season, averaging over eight yards per carry. He’s putting up ridiculous numbers for a guy that has just 156 carries in 10 games, and NFL scouts have got to be loving what they are seeing.
Gordon hasn’t seen a lot of looks out of the backfield as a receiver, catching just one pass all season long, but Rotoworld.com compared Gordon to Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs for his explosive big play ability.
Gordon is quite a bit bigger than Charles, but I can see the comparison. He is elusive and a touchdown waiting to happen whenever he touches the ball, but Wisconsin has kept him on a pitch count all season long and he could come into the NFL with some really fresh legs as a result.
The question is whether or not Gordon will choose to declare for the draft early. He has an opportunity next year to contend for a Heisman Trophy if he wants, but the Heisman is always a long shot and certainly more carries and a bigger workload at Wisconsin will inflate his numbers, but the hype won’t be the same I don’t think.
Right now, Gordon has a chance to be one of the two or three highest picked backs in the country if he comes out, and I think in the end, he will.