Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman finalist. Big time college production. Perfect height and weight to handle rigors of NFL bell cow back workload. 4.5 speed. Explosive broad jump. Total package.
In 2015 Melvin Gordon produced 641 yards in 14 games averaging 3.5 yards a carry and totaling zero touchdowns.
Hopefully the young RB’s psyche isn’t crushed. USC is known as running back U. Penn State makes linebackers. Wisconsin is known for producing superior offensive linemen and that’s the problem. Gordon went from running behind a dominant offensive line to one that changed from week to week and never reached mediocre.
The offensive line needs to get healthier and receive an influx of talent. The club picked up two solid offensive linemen in the draft and will probably add more competition via UDFA’s. They also decided to give QB Phillip Rivers a gift and perhaps save RB Melvin Gordon’s career by drafting Wisconsin FB Derek Watt in the sixth round.
Some RB’s don’t perform as well with a FB preferring the view they get without having to follow a 200+ lb blocker. Gordon is the other kind. He ran behind Mr. Watt (J.J.’s little brother) on his way to winning the Doak Walker award as the nations best RB. This is a stud move by a club that hadn’t been carrying a true FB.
I did mention Phillip Rivers getting a gift. Watt can pick up the blitz, is a fine route runner and has soft hands. Throw in a more successful running game and Rivers has to be ecstatic.
Looks like Melvin Gordon’s hero from college (along with the extra beef on the OLine) could be just what the doctor ordered to put the Charger running game on track for 2016.
That needs to happen.
What say you Sports Nation?
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