Arik Armstead

Oct 12, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) during warmups prior to the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 35-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

After trading up from pick 17 to pick 15, the Chargers selected Wisconsin’s running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon has already become a fan favorite without playing a single snap. You all know of the stats, of the record-breaking game he had against Nebraska and the LT comparison. He was a sensational back in college, showing great vision and unbelievable lateral movement coupled with great speed at the college level. He was the top running back on many people’s big boards, and a no-brainer pick for the Chargers at 17.

So what’s all the negativity about? Melvin Gordon has some flaws, just like 99% of the players in any draft class. But Gordon ran behind the best offensive line in college football a year ago, and didn’t have to do much work. Gordon is “very in love with the sidelines”, meaning he will, more times than not, try to use his speed and bounce out of a hole to get to the sidelines and outrun defenders. With a 4.52 40-yard speed, he might not be able to do that in the pros.

Gordon lost 6 fumbles in his last seven games while fumbling in 50% of his games played in 2014. His fumble problems got worse after beginning his collegiate career with one fumble in 2012, then four in 2013 and seven in 2014. That can only get worse while at the next level.

But did the Chargers really need to move up two spots to take him? San Diego swapped their first-round pick with San Francisco and traded their 2015 fourth-round selection and 2016 fifth-round pick to nab him. It wasn’t necessary to move up and lose more picks, for a team who lacks depth and is in a slight rebuild mode. The 49ers were still targeting Arik Armstead and the Texans have Arian Foster and Alfred Blue. There is a high chance Gordon would have still been there. This was one of the deepest RB classes the NFL has seen in recent years. The team could have been able to get impact starters (Duke Johnson, Jay Ajayi, Ameer Abdullah, TJ Yeldon, Tevin Coleman) in rounds two and three, while drafting BPA (best player available) at 17. This trade only really makes sense if the Bolts trade back and get more picks.

At the end of the day, the pick was fine. Gordon is a heck of a back and one who can be put in as the starter day one.

Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Zak Darman

Goodell

 

Despite the NFL draft being months away, there are already hundreds of mock drafts all over the internet.  A few times a year I take the time to check out the various mocks and look at which players the draftniks have pegged as draft selections for the Chargers.

This post will mark the first time I am doing that this offseason.  I went through 75 different mock drafts and tallied up all of the prospects that were mocked to the Bolts in the first round.

Here are the names that came up after scanning the web.

 

Players receiving one vote:

SS – Landon Collins  Alabama

RB – Todd Gurley  Georgia

CB – Trae Waynes  Michigan State

OLB – Vic Beasley  Clemson

CB – Marcus Peters  Washington

CB – PJ Williams  Florida State

DE/LB – Shane Ray  Missouri

CB – Ronald Darby  Florida State

CB – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu  Oregon

DT – Jordan Phillips  Oklahoma

OT – Ty Sambrailo  Colorado State

DE – Alvin Dupree  Kentucky

CB – Kevin Johnson  Wake Forest

 

Players receiving two votes:

DE – Arik Armstead  Oregon

OT – Brandon Scherff  Iowa

 

Players receiving four votes:

C/OT – Cam Erving  Florida State

OT – Cedric Ogbuehi  Texas A & M

 

Players receiving five votes:

OT – Ereck Flowers  Miami

OT – Andrus Peat  Stanford

DT – Eddie Goldman  Florida State

 

Players receiving six votes:

OT – TJ Clemmings  Pittsburgh

 

Players receiving eight votes:

NT – Danny Shelton  Washington

 

Players receiving ten votes:

OT – La’El Collins  LSU

 

And with the 17th pick in the 2015 NFL draft, receiving eleven votes, the San Diego Chargers select……

 

RB – Melvin Gordon  Wisconsin

 

 

Although Melvin Gordon has a ton of potential to be a fantastic running back in the NFL, there are so many other needs that might need to be filled prior to drafting a ball carrier.  Many draft experts have compared him to Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles.

This offseason will be very interesting in San Diego.  Tom Telesco has his work cut out for him and it should be fun to watch his plans unravel.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

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