Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is looking to build on the success of his 2016 season, one that saw him rush for 996 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The popular thinking is that Gordon is worthy of a top draft pick and while he may warrant a high round slot, avoiding him in the first 3 rounds could be the better bet.
For starters, Gordon numbers are fluffed a bit due to his 196 yard rushing performance against the Tennessee Titans and the fact that he averages 3.9 yards per carry.
Gordon has big game potential and spending a high draft pick on selecting him, with the hopes that he has a breakout season, it doesn’t mean you have to rush to pick him in the first few rounds of your draft.
If someone else in your league does, there are viable options. Remember, the hype on Gordon is that he is trending towards a mammoth season, and has yet to break 1,000 yards rushing in a season.
To put this into perspective take a guy like Todd Gurley, who has a 1,000+ rushing season under his belt. Gurley blew up in his rookie season but took a step back when last season he only rushed 885 yards, 6 touchdowns and a dismal 3.2 average.
Gurley also failed to hit 100 yards in any game last season.
Gurley’s season was considered a bust, simply due to his high draft position, a position justified by his impressive rookie season, and his production.
But Gordon’s numbers weren’t significantly better and many could argue the Chargers’ offense was better than the Rams and, again, you can point to the fluff of that big game.
Another factor is that the Chargers invested in improving their passing game with the selection of wide receiver Mike Williams in the draft and the return of Keenan Allen.
Therefore, Gordon’s touches may be effected.
So while the arrows are pointing up for Gordon in regards to his potential this season, the arrows trend down on his potential value as a 1-3 round draft pick.
Patience is a virtue.