Report: Arizona Cardinals meeting with draft prospect Melvin Gordon
Mar 16, 2015, 6:24 PM | Updated: 6:28 pm
Plenty of discussion has centered around the Arizona Cardinals and their rumored interest in Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
But he may not be the only runner they (allegedly) like.
RB Melvin Gordon is meeting with the #AZCardinals today. Lot of talk about Adrian Peterson. Gordon a younger, cheaper option.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 16, 2015
The Cardinals currently hold the 24th overall selection in April’s draft, and some mock drafts have the Wisconsin Badger being Arizona’s choice at that spot.
Last season, as a junior, Gordon rushed for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns on 343 carries. He won the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation’s best running back, and was a unanimous All-American.
Gordon measured in at 6-foot-3/4 and 215 pounds at his NFL Pro Day, and has been compared to Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles.
He spoke with NFL Network and spoke about his improvement as a receiver as well as trying to be the first running back taken in the draft’s first round since 2012.
“All we can do is come out here every day and when we have opportunities like this, make the best of them,” he said at his pro day. “And hopefully, a team, a GM, somebody, a position coach, someone can talk us up in the meeting room and they’ll take a chance on us.”
Gordon noted how teams will look to fill their needs, and the Cardinals certainly could use the help after finishing last season with the 31st-ranked rushing offense in the NFL.