Arizona Cardinals Draft Preview: Melvin Gordon


A look at Arizona Cardinals draft prospect Melvin Gordon

Running back Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin is one of the top 10 draft prospects that has been linked to the Arizona Cardinals in mock drafts and football experts.  Gordon has visited the Cardinals so we know there is some interest here.

The thought is if Todd Gurley and Gordon are both still on the board at 24, the Cardinals would possibly go Gordon over Gurley.  However Gurley has now been cleared after his torn ACL and his stock is rising.  If Gordon is still there but not Gurley, I can’t see why the Cardinals would pass on him?

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Three people who think the Cardinals will take Gordon:

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN, Will Brinson,, Bob McManaman,

Kiper has been sold on Gordon for awhile going in the 24 spot.  McManaman actually just changed his pick recently from UCLA’s Eric Kendricks to Gordon.  I did the same thing between my last two mock drafts.

Strengths: Has good balance, can turn on engines quickly

Weaknesses: Non-ideal body frame for a running back, needs to bulk up more

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My prediction: Gordon is the guy the Cardinals should draft if he is available.  A lot more people seem to think Gordon is still on the board than Gurley at this point in the draft.  I have the Cardinals taking Gordon at 24.  You can’t pass up another opportunity to obtain a potential star-level back.  Just watching the Cardinals running game last season should have said it all.

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