During a historic season in which he was named a Heisman Trophy finalist, Melvin Gordon believes he’s ready for the next level.
The University of Wisconsin junior running back 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. After Gordon paused, Patrick said, “That’s a no.” 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.
Said Patrick: “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 he rushed for a nation-leading 2,336 yards and scored 29 touchdowns this season.
He enters the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 against Auburn 292 yards shy of Barry Sanders’ NCAA single-season rushing record.
The shelf life for running backs in the NFL has proven to be short, which left some surprised Gordon returned for this season.
His numbers this year improved his stock, however, and many believe he’ll be the first running back taken in the 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 (Chicago) 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 announce their winners Thursday night.
The Heisman Trophy ceremony is set for Saturday night in New York City.
Gordon will then prepare for his final game with the Badgers before getting ready for the draft, which begins April 30.