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Melvin Gordon is worth taking at the 26th overall pick

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Draftbreakdown.com allows me to go in depth into one of the most polarizing players in this class, Melvin Gordon.

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Since Peter King's MMQB report, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has been heavily scrutinized by Ravens fans. Some have stated he wouldn't be a fit in the offense. I beg to differ. Gordon offers everything you want in a running back.

Most people will understandbly point to his game against Nebraska as his best game. But I found his game against Minnesota to be much more impressive. Going up against stacked nine- and 10-man boxes, with the cornebacks staring right at him, Gordon churned out 151 yards on 29 carries. Most gifs shown will be from that game.

This play is designed to go off tackle to the far side of the screen. Minnesota's left end does a great job of setting the edge and the three technique gets decent penetration. Gordon shows great patience, stuttering to allow his left guard and his center just enough time to get to the second level and kick out their respective assignments. Gordon gets to the second level, spins off a tackle and is off to the races. He gets tracked down by a cornerback, who wasn't even touched on the play. You can bet that Steve Smith would've put him flat on his backside. No loss there.

While this play is only a two yard gain, Gordon's vision and decision-making are on display. The play is again designed to go to the C gap, behind the fullback, off the right tackle. As soon as the fullback makes contact with Minnesota's No. 27, Gordon knows the fullback's lost. He looks to cut back. Gordon sees that Minnesota's No. 5 has also defeted his block. Thats a terrific second-level read. Gordon then cuts off his center for a two yard gain. In the Ravens offense, the left tackle would have cut the backside pursuer down. On this play, if the backside is cut, Gordon has a huge gain.

This play's rationale is very simple. Melvin. Gordon. That's all there is to it. He runs through the arm tackle in the backfield, and in one-on-one situations, Gordon is undefeated. That's simply filthy footwork. In the open field, Gordon is a big play waiting to happen.

Here's Gordon showing off his vision again. He reads the flow of the defense and sees that No. 92 and No. 50 have over-pursued. It's third-and-2. Gordon knows he can build enough momentum to beat the backside pursuer and gain the necessary yardage. But Gordon is special because he does more than the minimum. He gives the defender his trademark spin move, which makes him incredibly hard to line up and bring down. He breaks the tackle and gains eight yards on a third-and-2.

Wisconsin is up 3 in the early fourth quarter. Third-and-2. Gordon starts off following his fullback. Minnesota's No. 50 has a chance to bring him down. Gordon again defeats him with the spin move. Wisconsin's tight end seals the backside and their wide receiver, No. 86 cracks No. 7, leaving Gordon on-on-one with a cornerback. You can guess the outcome. Gordon takes it for a clutch 21 yards.  Looking at this play, some will fault Gordon for bouncing it to the outside. I will not. Even in the NFL, I'll take my chances, with an elite athlete like Gordon, beating a corner — most of which can't tackle — to the outside.

All in all, there is not a doubt in my mind Gordon would be a great pick at 26. While he is not the most refined receiver, he flashed his ability at his pro day and at the combine. His game versus Iowa was also impressive, though I could not showcase it, as it not on Draftbreakdown.com. Gordon is an elite runner, with traits reminiscent of both Jamaal Charles And DeMarco Murray. Though neither were first-round picks, I think anybody would tell you that they have given first-round production.