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“He has a lot of things that we think fit our offense really, really well,” said Telesco. “He’s got home run ability, he’s an exciting playmaker, an impact player. He does a lot of stuff, blocking, pass-protection, his hands are better than what’s advertised and he just has some explosive ability. Going into this draft, we’re talking about trying to find some game-breakers, some impact players on both sides of the ball, increase out team speed, Melvin can do all that.”
“We need impact players and we got an impact player. We just felt we had to get him. We made the move to get him and we’re thrilled about him. He’s an exciting, electric football player. ”
Getting to know the newest member of the San Diego Chargers. Melvin Gordon’s NFL Combine media session.
The San Diego Chargers pulled off the first trade of the 2015 NFL draft to grab Melvin Gordon, a running back they clearly coveted.
The Chargers sent this year’s 17th, 188th (fourth round) and next year’s 5th round pick to the San Francisco 49ers to move up just two spots to 15 for the former Wisconsin running back.
Talking about coveting a player.
The 6’1, 215 running back rushed for 4,915 yards at Wisconsin and led the nation in rushing in 2014 at 184.8 yards per game, good for 9th best in college football history and the most since Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 196.2 in 2000. Gordon racked up 29 touchdowns in 2014 and broke Tomlinson’s single-game rushing record of 406 yards against UTEP with 408 yards against Nebraska.
Tomlinson compared Gordon to Jamaal Charles during an interview on the NFL Network and former scout/analyst Bucky Brooks wrote the following:
“Melvin Gordon possesses a potent combination of power, speed, vision and balance. Gordon can run between the tackles but break to the outside if needed. He showcased his lateral quickness and explosion in short areas with fantastic times in the 20- and 60-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine. He has the strength to break arm tackles, along with agility and balance to keep plays going down the field.”
“If teams worry about him not running somewhere in the 4.4s, he led the FBS with 17 runs of 40-plus yards and 10 runs of 50-plus — along with runs of 10-plus (60), 20-plus (35) and 30-plus (21) yards. All this while facing defenses that routinely stacked the box with eight to nine defenders.”
NFL Networks’s Mike Mayock says Gordon was his top-ranked running back and has “special talent and ability. He catches the football well out of the backfield. And when you watch this kid run in tight areas, that’s what differentiates him.” Read Mayock’s full report here
Chargers GM Tom Telesco has now traded up in each of his drafts and this marks the first time the Chargers have traded up for a running back since taking Ryan Mathews in 2010. The Chargers ranked 30th in rushing in 2014.
Telesco told the team’s official website that Gordon was “a player we had targeted really all the way through. He’s such an electric player. He’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He’s had a great career at Wisconsin. We think he fits our offense perfectly. We couldn’t be happier to get him here.”
“He brings that big play capability. We talk about on offense that we want to get faster, more explosive and he will bring all of that to us. He’s a big time playmaker. Like I said, he’s a threat every time he touches the ball, but he’s also great in pass protection and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Usually when you talk about a red zone threat, it’s a receiver or a tight end, but he’s a red zone threat as a running back. He’s got a nose for the endzone, a great burst for the endzone, a short area burst. We like people who score touchdowns. He’s going to fit in just fine.”