On Friday afternoon Wisconsin Badgers running back and Kenosha, WI native Melvin Gordon announced he will return to Madison next season for his junior year. Obviously Badgers fans all over were very happy to hear the news, but one question remains. Did Gordon make the right choice foregoing next year’s NFL Draft to return for one more year?
In my opinion, he absolutely did make the right choice.
I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong when I said he would enter the draft. However I think this is what’s best for him, coming back for one more and working on some things that he needs to improve on before deciding to make the jump to the NFL.
Two things that Gordon must work on this next year are pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. Gordon only tallied one catch for five yards this past season and towards the end of the year, teammate James White saw significant playing time because of how well he was able to pass block and come out of the backfield and catch the ball.
Gordon started the season hotter than a two dollar pistol, rushing for 1,012 yards and 11 touchdowns in the first seven game. But the last five games Gordon saw his production and playing time diminish, finding the end zone only once and rushing for a pedestrian 454 yards.
There’s no doubt next year Melvin Gordon will want to start the season the way he did in 2013 and keep it going the rest of the way in 2014. Gordon will definitely be a Doak Walker finalist and should be in the Heisman Trophy discussion all year long.
Gordon has a chance to get the new year started off right when the Badgers face South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on January 1st.