Tevin Coleman and Melvin Gordon vs. Common Foes
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At this point I think it’s fair to say that most people believe Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon to be either the #1 or #2 running back in the 2015 NFL Draft; would you agree? But has anyone considered that maybe, just maybe, Gordon isn’t even the #1 back from the Big Ten? I know it’s a stretch, but is it possible that Indiana’s Tevin Coleman might be dramatically undervalued at this point and possibly on the same tier as his Badger counterpart? In the wake of the NFL Combine, where Gordon was rock solid and Coleman was M.I.A. while recovering from a foot injury, the two players seem to be heading in opposite directions. As proof, consider that in a recent rookie mock draft, Gordon was the second runner taken (5th overall) while Tevin Coleman was the eighth runner selected (17th overall), going after Combine slayer David Johnson. Lucky for us, Gordon and Coleman faced nine common opponents during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, so, even without Combine numbers, we can get a sense of how they stack up. Maybe this is a futile exercise, but maybe something surprising will emerge.