Melvin Gordon is on His Way to San Diego


The top RB on my board, Gordon can run the heck out of the ball. He’s exceptional in tight spaces and he’s more physical than often given credit for. His outstanding vision and fluid running style allows him to find a hole and get through that hole very quickly letting him hit the second and third levels with outstanding speed to gain huge chucks of yardage.
There is some uncertainty whether or not he’ll be able to play on all three downs because he has unproven hands and his ability to pick up the blitz isn’t as polished as some other backs in the draft, ala Jay Ajayi, however he caught the ball very well in the limited opportunities he had at Wisconsin and at his pro day. Standing 6’1″ 215lbs, with the right coaching Gordon has the size and quickness to grow into a quality blocker. Though he might not play on third down right away with bowling ball Brandon Oliver showing some flashes as a quality third-down back last year, I don’t believe Mike McCoy will be able to leave Gordon’s ability to take it to the house on the bench for too long.
Although the Chargers pass blocking was one of the worst in the league last year (27), their running blocking was middle of the pack (16) and it should be enough to make Gordon fantasy relevant from week one.
He’s a great kid, with a great attitude and work ethic. Often compared to Jamaal Charles, he’s not quite as fast, but he has more power to break tackles and can be DeMarco Murray-esque in that regard. He’s extremely low risk with a super high ceiling for any team in a dynasty league looking for a long term RB.

By Todd Brand

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