Melvin Gordon is ready for the combine

February 17th, 2015 | Written by Rob Staton

Check the second video — it offers an insight into his personality and competitive streak.

39 Responses to “Melvin Gordon is ready for the combine”

  1. Cysco says:

    Seems like a great kid. I hope he goes to a team that I can actually stand cause I want to root for him. 🙂

  2. Ehurd1021 says:

    I think he is a good kid but he is soft IMO.

    I think when JS did that interview a week ago and discussed guys he watched who didn’t “finish” plays, Gordon is a clear example. IMO he Plays way to small for kid with his size and it comes down to a mentality and a attitude certain running backs play with. Every running back on this roster plays with it and it stood out in their tape, a desire and ability to move piles and fight for extra yardage.

    • Ho Lee Chit says:

      He runs more like Shawn Alexander than Marshawn Lynch. Too often he attempts to bounce it outside. Gurley and Marshawn will run over someone and drive for three yards. Gordon gets knocked down by too many arm tackles. A lot of it is his running style which does not fit the one cut and go we are using. I would give a big edge to Gurley for his tough running style and pass catching ability.

      • rowdy says:

        I just don’t know what you guys are seeing. He’s definitely not lynch or Gurley as a power back but he probably forced the most missed tackles in college by a large amount. He’s a fighter and rarely goes down with arm tackles. He doesn’t run people over for 3 extra yards but he still gets the extra yards by being shifty. To say he’s not like lynch is one thing but to call him soft is just wrong.

        • Volume 12 says:

          Big fan of Melvin Gordon as well, but I can see both sides of the coin, or debate.

          I don’t think Gordon is necessarily soft, but he is a stretch runner, that does bounce the majority of his carries out to the edge. He has the ability to be a one-cut runner, but doesn’t always do so.

          Really though, he’s such a natural and silky smooth, Love his character too.

          I actually prefer Indiana HB Tevin Coleman over both Gurley and Gordon, but that’s just me.

          • Cysco says:

            I’m with you V12. Big Tevin Coleman fan. Can’t wait to see him at the combine.

            I wouldn’t put him above Gurley (who I think is incredibly special and my dream pick at 31), but he’s right up there as the #3 back in the draft. IMO

        • Ehurd1021 says:

          When I watched his tape thats what I thought about him. Gordon shies away from contact often — maybe its his running style or maybe he’s scared of contact. I disagree with you that Gordon doesn’t go down on first contact and by arm tackles, I remember watching tape of him towards the end of this season and thinking he was taking plays off to save his body for the draft.

          I think his style of running is not beneficial for a zone blocking scheme as well, which has seen its most success around the league and with the Seahawks with 1-cut backs who get up field and wont sacrifice a 3 yard gain for a 2 yard loss trying to hit a home run which Gordon does a lot. One of the main reasons I think Michael has not seen the field much.

          And with Gordon or any other running back I will never compare them to Marshawn and knock them for it. Marshawn is a unique in the way he plays the game. But I can compare him to Turbin, Michael and other backs in his class when it comes to “finishing” ability and yardage after first contact and IMO Gordon lacks in both.

    • MFNewguy says:

      Is it me or does turbo give you 1-2 runs a game that look just like Beast Mode? I like to see more of Turbin but not at the expense of Lynch.

  3. MaxDaddy3000 says:

    Sounds VERY Seahawky. Pete’s probably drooling over this video as we speak.

    • Scott B. says:

      I was gonna say that second video seems like a pitch to get the Seahawks to draft him.

      • GeoffU says:

        Since compete Carroll made the Seahawks good, the compete mantra has become so cliche these days. I don’t remember ever hearing that before Pete, certainly not to the extent it’s used now.

  4. Colin says:

    From what little I have seen, I feel like this kid doesn’t always take advantage of the tremendous run blocking he receives.

    • rowdy says:

      He had 2600 yds and 29 td’s. What would be taking advantage?

    • Rob Staton says:

      He was a few yards away from breaking the NCAA record for yardage.

      • OZ says:

        I’ll take him in a heartbeat. People can’t compare this kid to Marshawn, he is not that type of a runner. Good stiff-arm/good receiver/run’s it up the gut/ bounces it outside when there is nothing there and is very good at it. he looks pretty damn tough to me. whats not to like about him? I,ll bet he would he would be a heck of a return man as well. we would have to move up for him. lets do it…

  5. Madmark says:

    Its nice to dream of a Badgers backfield but if we don’t trade up it just won’t happen. There are to many teams that need a franchise RB and he’s healthy and will go early. Make no mistake this is not Trent Richardson.

  6. Volume 12 says:

    Rob, I noticed that CC mentioned UConn CB Byron Jones on the last post.

    Some scouts are saying he’s a ‘day 1 starter on a press man scheme.’ Obviously he’d be a good fit for a physical DB group like the one we have. I was wondering if you’ve had the chance to look at him, and if so what are your thoughts, or anyone else’s?

  7. SunPathPaul says:

    Gordan plays like an athlete that will be successful.

    I still don’t want to give up on Christine Michael. He has been explosive with a TINY amount of work. If we could only understand the dynamic of WHY he doesn’t get more reps. Fumbling? He had a few, and 1-2 were helmets hitting the football…good defensive plays…

    My hunch is that while C.Mike might be immature a bit, I believe he is held back so as to not piss off Marshawn Lynch…

    Does anyone else want to see what C.Mike really has before we jump onto another train??

    If Lynch walks, we obviously would draft another RB…

  8. dtrain says:

    I just sat down to watch Matt Jones/Florida vs Kentucky. Listed at 6’2″/235 but looks more 6’0″ish. Looks like a Lynch-clone style-wise (not as strong–but who is?). Very physical, excellent pass protector. Didn’t see much as a receiver as he body-caught his only attempt. Had some knee work done (meniscus/MCL) in 2013. Passes the eye-ball test and looks steal if he drops to 5th-6th round. It will be interesting to see how his combine #s shake out. I have a feeling he will be a riser.

  9. Ho Lee Chit says:

    Sign me up for Tevin Coleman, also. This kid is the totally package in a one cut and go running back and he comes with two good knees.

    I am also enamored with Jalston Fowler. At 250lbs this kid could move and move guys out of the way. He reminds me of John L. Williams, only bigger. He knocks guys out of the hole for Eddy Lacy but can carry the rock on his own for good yardage, too. He only knows one direction and that is straight ahead. He has soft hands catching the ball out of the backfield. He should be a late round pick given nobody wants an old school full back anymore. I see him giving Will Tukuafu and Derrick Coleman some competition in camp. I will be curious to see how fast he runs and whether he has lost any more weight after weighing in at over 270 prior to the Senior Bowl. His draft stock will be a function of his weight and 40 time.

    • Volume 12 says:

      Glad you like ‘Rock’ aka Tevin Coleman as well.

      He’s really an ideal back for the ZBS scheme isn’t he?

    • SunPathPaul says:

      Actually the new contract shortens his previous one that ended in 2018.
      So at 31 years old, he simplified it all down from larger unguaranteed $, to 2 years at $11 guaranteed each year.

      Smart in my mind. He gets every penny, has 2 years left to win with his team AZ, then at 33/34 probably retires…

      If we do get a WR guy in FA, I’d prefer Brandon Marshall… Prefer to just draft 3 WR and a TE…Play the odds

      • SunPathPaul says:

        I just looked it up, and Brandon Marshall is 30. He was drafted in the 4th round.

        Maybe instead of pay him at 30 with possible locker room ‘malfunctions’ possible, we just draft a 6’5″-210 WR like Jordan Taylor, or Darren Waller at 6’5″, and see which works out!

        I think the SIZE becomes more useful when you have ‘multiple’ of them…creating height mismatches.

        • Turp says:

          I’m still curious if Vjax will be a cap causalty. I don’t think we will touch Cameron in FA unless he is dirt cheap. The only thing I do expect to see is going after DE/DT in FA (Jabaal Sheard and Stephen Paea would be great for the price)

        • Rob Staton says:

          That’s quite a U-turn Paul! Marshall to possibly Taylor who wasn’t invited to the combine.

  10. at32 says:

    I’m surprised to see so much criticism of Gordon. I believe he will be a good-great back in the NFL and if the Hawks can snag him, they should. Lynch is a one of a kind RB, we are not going find his clone. However, there are many running styles that are successful in the NFL.

    And all this talk about avoiding contact…what other RB’s do we know that did their best to avoid contact? Barry Sanders anyone? I’m not at all comparing him to Barry, but my point is that every RB has a different style. A lot will depend on how Gordon adapts to the NFL level. But with his work ethic and attitude, I expect him to be fine.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Gordon has insane potential and his best football is ahead. I firmly believe that.

      I also didn’t see any physical issues vs LSU and Auburn, the two SEC opponents he faced in 2014.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      I was surprised by the criticism too. Our next running back draft pick will not be Marshawn Lynch – and there is nothing wrong with picking someone with a different style and different strengths.

      • Clayton says:

        I think our next running back will be similar to Marshawn because this team is trying to do more than just get first downs and touchdowns by running the ball, they are trying to establish an identity. I think the running back that they are looking for is one that will bring the pain and wear out defenders. I think that’s partially how this team wins in the fourth quarter. I think Melvin Gordon is a great running back, but I don’t think his running style matches the identity that this team is looking for.

        • Ho Lee Chit says:

          Exactly! Tom Cable is not going to put up with turning a 2 yard gain into a 2 yard loss because the RB tried to bounce it outside. LB’s are too fast for that in the NFL.

        • Rob Staton says:

          I personally think what they’ll eventually head towards is a RBBC approach with a feature back and some complimentary pieces, keep the main guy fresh. Guys like Marshawn who wear out a defense are few and far between.

  11. ChuckyP says:

    The NEG’s on this guy are a joke, you’ll see soft my ass when they get his hands up to speed with the rest of him, he’ll be a Faulk/Charles clone! Also when the combine is over wait till the numbers are put together on this guy! Like a 525 Bench for starters!! You naysayers stay on Gimp Gurley broken wheel, I’ll take this freak!