Scouts at the NFL combine told Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report that the one player who doesn’t play quarterback, but can transform an offense is Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon.
- Freeman’s source believe Gordon can be a clone of Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch with one scout referring to Gordon as “Marshawn Gordon.”
- Freeman clarifies that they aren’t saying Gordon is a similar type of player in terms of running style, but he has the ability to give teams a solid running back that can be leaned on to shoulder their ground attack.
- Freeman adds that Gordon is likely to be a first-round pick.
Mike Freeman reports that some NFL teams still have Georgia RB Todd Gurley rated as the No. 1 running back in this year’s draft class, even after he suffered a torn ACL.
However, there are still teams who are more concerned about Gurley’s knee than many would assume.
“I’m being told by scouts that the ACL tear is scaring people more than is generally known,” Freeman writes.
Daniel Jeremiah offers some NFL comparisons for a few of this year’s draft prospects.
- Oregon QB Marcus Mariota – Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
- Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley – Seahawks OLB Bruce Irvin
- Miami LT Ereck Flowers – Bills LT Cordy Glenn
- USC WR Nelson Agholor – Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders
- Miami LB Denzel Perryman – Former Bills LB Kirk Morrison
- Florida State QB Jameis Winston said that it “has always been my dream” to play in both the NFL and MLB, but added that he’s “just playing football right now.” (Peter King)
- Miami RB Duke Johnson could end up being a player who teams wonder how they ever passed on him. (Mike Freeman)
- Mike Freeman spoke to sources around the league who expect the Chargers to end up as the team that relocates to Los Angeles.
- Freeman doesn’t think it’s particularly close and considers them the “front-runner.“