Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon confirmed in an open letter to fans on Wednesday that he will be foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Gordon could be the first running back selected in this year's draft. SI.com's Chris Burke predicted the Seattle Seahawks would select Gordon with the No. 32 pick in his latest mock draft.
As a junior in 2014, Gordon won the Doak Walker Award as college football's top running back and finished as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He was also named the Grange-Griffin Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Ameche-Dayne Running back of the Year, both Big Ten awards. He was also named an All-American by numerous publications including Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Gordon rushed for 2,587 yards on 343 carries and tallied 29 touchdowns this season. He also caught 19 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
His 4,915 career rushing yards and 7.79 yards-per-carry average both lead all active players.
Gordon rushed for at least 100 yards in all but two of Wisconsin's 14 games. He also had five 200-yard games, including in Wisconsin's Outback Bowl win over Auburn, when he rushed 34 times for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
Corey Clement, who will be a junior next season, will likely start in place of Gordon.
- Mike Fiammetta