The San Diego Chargers decided to break the mold that had been developing around the NFL and selected Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon in the first round of the 2015 draft. No team had taken a running back in the first round since 2012. Teams were coming into the mindset that they were a dime a dozen, but the Chargers showed their faith in Gordon by selecting him 15th overall. Running back was a huge position of need for the Chargers and Gordon will immediately be inserted as the starter. He was a four year player at the University of Wisconsin and grew into one of the best running backs in the country over the course of his collegiate career. Sitting behind other future NFL running backs, is was not until his junior year that Gordon became the starter. He had shown glimpses of his talent during his sophomore year and quickly became a household name once given the playing time. His first year as a starter he racked up over 1,600 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns and it was just the start of better things to come. Gordon’s senior season was one for the ages. He helped lead Wisconsin to the Outback bowl and piled up mind boggling stats along the way. In fact, Gordon rushed for over 2,500 yards which was good for second most all-time, falling only behind the great Barry Sanders. He had 29 rushing touchdowns and in the Outback Bowl set the rushing record with over 250 yards. During the course of his career, Melvin Gordon compiled many records and accolades. During his senior year he won the Jim Brown Trophy, the Doak Walker Award, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, just to name a few. Over his career, he averaged nearly 8 yards per carry which is a NCAA division I record.
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Gordon has the total package as a running back and it will be in the mix for offensive rookie of the year. At 6’1” 215 pounds, he has good size for a running back and is very strong. He also has very good speed for a running back and even excelled as a track and field athlete. San Diego already had a good offense and running back was the only position they were missing. Adding Gordon to the mix will take them to the next level. Gordon will benefit from having Philip Rivers at quarterback and defenses will not be able to tee off on him. The only knock on him in college was the benefit of playing behind a great offensive line. Even if that did inflate his statistics there is no denying his greatness. He will have an immediate impact in the NFL and has the potential to become a star in a few seasons.
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