Chargers Draft

Revisiting current Chargers’ NFL Draft profiles

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa of Ohio State participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa of Ohio State participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Melvin Gordon:

“Desires to bounce runs wide too often. Not as trusting of blocking from B-gap to B-gap. Held to “stuffs” — runs resulting in no yards or a loss — on 19.2 percent of his carries. Feel and instincts as interior runner need improvement. Shows indecisiveness as one-cut runner. Would gear down and stutter-step to line, waiting for crease to show itself rather than adjusting on fly and taking what was available. Play strength through hole was only average. Used speed over strength to create many missed or broken tackles. Benefited from gaping running lanes. Ball security was an issue. Fumbled six times over his final five games, often being stripped while finishing run. Uncomfortable pass-catcher with marginal hands. Either dropped, double caught or smothered many throws. Pass protection needs work. Might have to come off field on third downs.” – Melvin Gordon’s NFL Draft profile

Regarding the indecisiveness, Gordon has yet to truly shake that weakness. I believe his last few games of 2017 showed a lot of improvement, but it’s interesting to see how a draft worry from years ago still isn’t completely fixed.

That being said, Gordon has made strides in improving his pass-catching ability. In the open field, he’s a great weapon:

Belle course de Melvin Gordon pour 49 Yards #Chargers pic.twitter.com/6IwZuts9jL

— NFL France (@FirstDownFR) December 17, 2017

He caught 58 balls for 476 yards and four touchdowns, with an 8.2 yards-per-catch average. That’s solid production when given opportunity, especially considering he carried the ball for 1,105 yards as well. Playing a whole 16 games last season, Gordon seemed to be getting even better. Watch out for him in 2018.

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