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NFL Combine 2015: Melvin Gordon among best in drills for running backs

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Melvin Gordon tested well on Saturday, including running a blazing time in the 60-yard shuttle.

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Former Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon worked out in front of NFL scouts and personnel Saturday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Showcasing his chiseled physique on Saturday after having a "refreshing" attitude in his media interview on Thursday, Gordon performed very well overall, owning "Top Performers" marks in four categories.

Bench Press (reps) 40-Yard Dash (sec) Vertical Jump (in.) Broad Jump (in.) Three-Cone Drill (sec) 20-Yard Shuttle (sec) 60-Yard Shuttle (sec)
Melvin Gordon 19 4.52 35 126.00 7.04 4.07 11.00
Rank amongst RBs T-15th 5th 15th 3rd 8th 2nd 1st

Gordon's 11.00 run in the 60-yard shuttle is the fastest run by any player that tested at the combine, which also was the fastest time in almost eight years.

The Kenosha, Wis., native also placed second in his position group in the 20-yard shuttle (4.07 seconds) and third in the broad jump (126"). Former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who had a day himself during the combine drills, placed first in both of those categories (3.95 seconds and 130", respectively), along with vertical jump (42.5") and three-cone drill (6.79 seconds).

Gordon ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, which according to an NFL.com article headline on the bottom of his draft profile was categorized as "disappointing". Per that article, however, NFL Network analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk wasn't concerned at all about the time, which was fifth-fastest among running backs.

"He has enough speed -- he can break the long run," Faulk said.

That article also stated both Faulk and NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock were "impressed by Gordon's ability to work 'in a phone booth,' or a small area." Mayock further endorsed Gordon and his speed during a segment on the NFL Network Saturday.

"When you talk about speed, Melvin Gordon is special."

Wisconsin's pro day is in mid-March. Gordon will have the chance to re-perform drills if he so chooses.