2015 NFL Draft Rumors: Cowboys Meet With Wisconsin Running Back Melvin Gordon

| by Daniel Yancelson
Melvin Gordon.Melvin Gordon.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon met with the Dallas Cowboys on March 16 and it’s no secret the Cowboys are looking to replace the NFL leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles a few days ago.

Gordon is arguably the best running back in the 2015 NFL Draft. He rushed for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns his junior year, and during his time in Wisconsin, he totaled 4,915 yards and 45 touchdowns.

The Cowboys signed former Arkansas Razorback, Darren McFadden, but could certainly improve the team with a guy like Gordon. McFadden was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, but never met his high expectations. Last year with the Arizona Cardinals, McFadden ran for 534 yards and two touchdowns. His best season came in 2010 when he rushed for 1,157 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Besides McFadden, the Cowboys are in talks of bringing Adrian Peterson to join the team, but Gordon could be a younger, less expensive option.

ESPN’s Draft expert Todd McShay ranks Gordon as the 23rd best player available. The last two drafts have not seen a running back go in the first round; the last time a running back got drafted in the first round was in 2012 when three of them did. Two of those three — Trent Richardson and Davis Wilson — don’t have a team to play for and the other, Doug Martin, had a strong rookie campaign but hasn’t rushed over 1,000 yards in the two years since his rookie season.

Gordon and his running back counterpart Todd Gurley are two talented running backs and could both go in the first round. We will have to wait until April 30 to find out.

Source: Bleacher Report

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