Wisconsin pro day: Melvin Gordon shows off receiving skills

Melvin Gordon was the main attraction at Wisconsin's pro day last Wednesday, when representatives from 17 NFL teams, including five running back coaches, were on hand.



Gordon (6-foot 3/4, 215 pounds) stood on his combine numbers, but he worked out and looked pretty good catching the ball. Gordon's running style, along with his improvement as a receiver, reminds me a little of Jamaal Charles, the former Texas running back who is now a star for the Kansas City Chiefs. Gordon is likely to be a first-round pick, and I think he'll be a very good player in the NFL.

Rob Havenstein (6-foot-7 3/4, 319 pounds) only lifted weights at his pro day. He had 33-inch arms and threw the bar up 20 times. Havenstein did not run well at the combine, but he's one of those guys who plays a lot faster than his times would indicate. I think he'll be a second-day draft choice, possibly a third-day pick, but he'll be a good player in the NFL for some time.

One other notable Wisconsin player who worked out was nose tackle Warren Herring (6-foot-2 1/4, 287 pounds). Herring ran 5.2 seconds in the 40. He had a 4.57 short shuttle and 7.38 3-cone drill. He had a 35-inch vertical and a 9-8 broad jump, and he had 28 bench-press reps. He'll be a priority free agent.

Five additional players from smaller schools in the area worked out at Wisconsin's pro day, including Jake Kumerow of Wisconsin-Whitewater, whose father, Eric, was a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins and whose sister is married to Ohio State LB Joey Bosa. Kumerow (6-foot-4 1/2, 209 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.52 and 4.56 seconds. He posted a 31-inch vertical and a 9-5 broad jump. He had a 4.26 short shuttle and 6.90 3-cone drill. He has 9 1/2-inch hands and put up 15 bench-press reps. Kumerow catches the ball well and is an athlete with good quickness.

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