Can Melvin Gordon Avoid Being a Draft Bust in His 2nd Season?

July 25, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The year was 2014, and Melvin Gordon was soaring to become college football’s running back darling. He took that title from an injured Todd Gurley and ran with it. Then he just kept running.
Gordon led the nation in rushing yards (2,587) and touchdowns (29) during his final year of separating defenders from their jock straps for the Wisconsin Badgers. He still trails only Barry Sanders on the list of all-time best single-season rushing-yard totals.
Greatness seemed inevitable when Gordon broke the NCAA single-game rushing record with an absurd 408 yards in 2014 against Nebraska. His mark stood for all of one week, but rushing for 400-plus yards shouldn’t be possible in any world not manipulated by a video game controller.
We figured Gordon was on his way to NFL stardom after his sparkling 2014 season. We continued assuming that when he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. Then we assumed some more when, along with Gurley, he was one of two first-roun...

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