Could Melvin Gordon Become A Texan?
By Randy Gurzi
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon is considered by many draft experts to be the second best running back in the draft behind Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs. The two featured backs could very easily be drafted in the first round, despite the recent string of no running backs going in round one of late. Apparently the two have a healthy rivalry and both believe they should be the top back taken in the 2015 NFL draft.
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Recently Gordon was interviewed on Sports Radio 610 and touched on several topics, including his respect for Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. The Badger said that Foster was one of the best in the NFL at outside zone running, adding that he has been a big fan of Foster for a long time.
From there Gordon said that scouts from the Texans did stop and speak with him at his pro-day. The thought of Gordon and Foster running in the same backfield is an intriguing prospect. And although Gordon is most likely ready to take the ball and run right away, he did say it would be “awesome” to learn from one of the best in the game in Foster.
The soon-to-be rookie finished his college career with an insane 2,587 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns in 2014. He added 19 catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns receiving.
The receptions are the lone knock that seems to stick to Gordon as he had only one reception in 2013 and two the year before. Although he did say during the interview that his low catch totals were more of a preference, as Wisconsin just liked to run the ball.
Even though he praised Foster and would like to learn from him, early in the interview Gordon compared his running style to Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. He said the number (25), dreads and running style were all similar.
If the Texans did decide it was time to look for a replacement to the 29 year-old Foster, the fans would be more than excited if Gordon were able to duplicate Charles’ effectiveness. Taking someone like Gordon would further move the team along in their current youth movement, while bringing in a guy who could be an All-Pro runner for years to come.