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NFL draft 2015: Experts predict Melvin Gordon still first-round selection

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Todd Gurley may be the first running back taken in the NFL draft on Thursday, but Melvin Gordon still should hear his name called in the first round.

Jake Kocorowski

Later on Thursday evening, the 2015 NFL Draft will take place from Chicago, Ill, and 32 players will hear their names called from NFL commissioner Roger Goddell.

According to many mock drafts updated in the last week -- some just on Wednesday -- former Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon will be among those selected in the first round.

Here's the final set of mock drafts before Thursday's grand event:

Dan Kadar, SB Nation Don Banks, SI.com Mike Mayock, NFL.com Charles Davis, NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com Bucky Brooks, NFL.com Charley Casserly, NFL.com Lance Zierlein, NFL.com Brian Baldinger, NFL.com Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
Date of Mock Draft Apr. 27 Apr. 16 Apr. 29 Apr. 22 Apr. 20 Apr. 23 Apr. 22 Apr. 22 Apr. 24 Apr. 29
Draft Order 17th 17th 19th 26th 26th 17th 27th 27th 17th 24th overall prospect
Team San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens San Diego Chargers Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys San Diego Chargers N/A (Big Board)

Nate Davis, USA Today Eric Edholm, Yahoo.com Frank Schawb, Yahoo.com Rob Rang, CBS Sports Dane Brugler, CBS Sports Will Brinson, CBS Sports Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports Pete Prisco, CBS Sports Walter Football Drafttek
Date of Mock Draft Apr. 29 Apr. 29 Apr. 29 Apr. 27 Apr. 27 Apr. 22 Apr. 15 Apr. 27 Apr. 29 Apr. 29
Draft Order 17th 25th 17th 17th 17th 24th 26th 23rd 23rd 23rd
Team San Diego Chargers Carolina Panthers San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers Arizona Cardinals Baltimore Ravens Detroit Lions Detroit Lions Detroit Lions

It's worth noting many of these mock drafts, though placing him with a first-round grade, have him as the second back taken in the draft. Former Georgia running back Todd Gurley has shot up the draft boards recently, some even in the top 10, like CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's recent mock draft.

Regardless, Gordon is a first-round talent, and there seems to be a solid contingent of teams many think he could be selected by -- the earliest being the San Diego Chargers at No. 17 down to No. 27 with the Dallas Cowboys. NFL.com's Mike Mayock predicts the Cleveland Browns drafting Gordon at No. 19, noting the Heisman finalist has the "best patience and balance."

Though the past couple of weeks have been riddled with stories of "red flags" for certain draft prospects, Gordon's character has never come into question.

Stop back at B5Q Thursday evening as we await to hear the name of the most dynamic back in Wisconsin history to be called.