Wisconsin star running back Melvin Gordon said Wednesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. With Georgia's Todd Gurley rehabbing from an ACL tear, Gordon will enter the 2015 NFL Draft as the top RB on the board. Could the Bucs entertain the idea of drafting another running back in 2015?
As we stand right now, the Bucs have the 1st overall choice in next April's NFL Draft. They will not use that selection on a running back, but what if Melvin Gordon were to slip to the late first round or to the Bucs pick in round 2? Doug Martin has been a huge disappointment and Charles Sims might not be a true feature back in the NFL.
Melvin Gordon, unlike other Wisconsin running backs, has the potential to be an elite back in the NFL. His blend of speed and power will be attractive to any team looking to improve their ground game. Of course, when coming from Wisconsin, their are some concerns with Gordon's ability in the pass game both as a receiver and a blocker.
The Bucs have one true playmaker on offense in Mike Evans, so the knee jerk reaction to say that Bucs could never draft another running back might be irresponsible. The Bucs offense is averaging 18.2 points per game and their running game has been nonexistent all season. While they have needs at QB, their offensive line, and other positions, a running back with elite characteristics is also needed.
Gordon might be the top running back in this upcoming class, but this class might actually be pretty deep. Keep a close eye on Tevin Coleman (Indiana), Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), T.J. Yeldon (Alabama), Duke Johnson (Miami), Mike Davis (South Carolina), and Jay Ajayi (Boise St.) as backs who might interest a team like the Bucs after the 1st round. The Bucs will end up with early picks in every round next April.
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