2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: Top Ten Candidates

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2. Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

May 26, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hands the ball off to running back Melvin Gordon (28) during organized team activities at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns on 343 carries, Melvin Gordon had himself a historic last year in college. He led all of college football in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, yards from scrimmage (2,740) and total points (192). He was an unstoppable force last season, but he had been a successful player for the two years prior to last too. Gordon leaves college football with a 7.79 yards per carry average, which is the second-best total of all-time.

Simply put, this guy is a stud. He mixes great speed and quickness with ridiculous ball carrier vision and natural instincts. If his offensive line can make a hole, you can bet that Gordon will see it and find his way through it.

The Chargers specifically targeted Gordon in the first round of the draft, trading up two spots to secure the selection, taking him with the 15th overall pick. This situation in San Diego is set-up for immediate success for Gordon.

He is an NFL-ready running back who produced at a ridiculous level in a pro-style offense while in college. With Philip Rivers taking the snaps for the Chargers under center, Gordon will not be counted on to carry the offense from the start. Rivers and the passing game will still probably be the primary focus, but make no mistake, Gordon is going to get an opportunity to shine.

When given an opportunity, Gordon will be set up for some immediate success. He will likely have an extremely strong rookie campaign, and is clearly a player to watch in the rookie of the year race.

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