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Draft Preview: Notable Running Back Highlights


Melvin Gordon**

Last year in his junior season at Wisconsin, Melvin Gordon rushed for the second-most yards in FBS history with 2,587 on his way to runner-up for the Heisman and becoming the Doak Walker Award winner as the nation's top running back. He's a big-play back with explosive ability that many independent scouts say must improve between the tackles to have the same success in the NFL.

Photos of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon

Ameer Abdullah

At just 5-9 and 209 pounds, Ameer Abdullah rushed for more than 4,500 yards in his four years at Nebraska. With good numbers in the jumping, cone and shuttle drills at the combine, Abdullah proved his elusiveness and explosiveness and runs with surprising power for someone his size. He had fumbling issues at Nebraska, something that must be addressed if he wants to carry the load in the NFL.

Photos of Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

David Johnson

A five-year senior from Northern Iowa, Johnson has plenty of size at 224 pounds and averaged more than 4 yards per carry when playing against FBS teams. He also tallied more than 140 career receptions, including a 200-yard receiving performance against in-state rival Iowa as a senior. The only knock on him by draft analysts is his lack of elusiveness to get away from tacklers.

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