After a historic season that led to a top-three Heisman finish, Melvin Gordon believes he’s ready for the next level.
The Wisconsin redshirt junior confirmed Wednesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show what everyone expected — that he will forgo his senior season with the Badgers and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
Host Dan Patrick asked Gordon if he planned on returning to UW for another season.
Gordon laughed before Patrick continued, “… But get your degree, promise your mom you’re going to get your degree and then take your chances with the NFL Draft, right?”
“Yep,” Gordon responded.
Patrick said, “Now, that’s official. You’re not going back. You’ll go to the Heisman ceremony and you’ll go to the Outback Bowl. Right?”
“Yep,” Gordon responded again.
Some draft experts project Gordon as a first-round pick after rushing for 2,336 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns this year. He enters the Outback Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1 just 292 yards shy of Barry Sanders’ NCAA single-season rushing record.
The shelf life of running backs in the NFL has proven to be short, which left some slightly surprised Gordon even returned for his redshirt junior season. His great numbers this year improved his stock, however, and many believe he’ll be the first running back taken in the 2015 draft.
“I don’t really know too much,” Gordon said on the show about his projected draft position. “We can’t really talk to the scouts ourselves and none have spoke to me, so I don’t know anything as far as they think.”
Gordon told Patrick he used to tell his mother about wanting to play for the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay likely won’t be looking to draft a running back early, however, and Gordon said he doesn’t prefer any team over the other.
“I’ll play for anybody, to be honest,” Gordon told Patrick. “My dad’s favorite team is the Bears, so he would love that. I wouldn’t care, to be honest.”
Gordon was named a finalist for the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards, which will have winners announced Thursday night before Saturday’s Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City.
Gordon will then prepare for his final game with the Badgers, set for Jan. 1 in Tampa, before preparing for the draft, which begins April 30.
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon on the OSU loss, the Heisman and going pro. http://t.co/DGbKT0IluW
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) December 10, 2014