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Jan 1, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) stiff arms Auburn Tigers defensive back Johnathan Ford (23) during the first half in the 2015 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon. 17. player. 13. Ryan Mathews is gone and Philip Rivers is on the back-end of his prime for a San Diego team that has seemed right on the cusp of contention the last two seasons. Head coach Mike McCoy has done a solid job since arriving, but the team has yet to take any sort of ‘leap’ to the NFL’s upper echelon. Gordon is a legitimate workhorse back with explosiveness and versatility. When things are going right for the Chargers under McCoy, they are controlling the clock and the ball through a steady run game and effectiveness on 3rd down. 2015 is as good a year as any to break the streak of drafts without a first round running back selected. Some call it a coinflip between Gordon and Georgia’s Todd Gurley as to who should end up being the first player selected. Gurley may have more natural talent, but Gordon does not have the same injury issues and doesn’t appear far off in the skill department. If Rivers is still in San Diego next season, the Chargers can’t afford to saddle him with another back with injury issues. Gordon is the pick.. Running Back. Wisconsin

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