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first_img Comments   Share   According to King, the Cardinals will select Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon with their first pick Thursday night.Confetti in the Cards’ draft room, surprised that Gordon’s still around. Bruce Arians would love an every-down back who can make the tough yards inside and the big plays outside, and Gordon proved at Wisconsin that he can be both. Without Gordon on the board, I think the Cards would prefer the tackle with the nasty streak—Ereck Flowers—or the athletic potential left tackle, D.J. Humphries. But Gordon’s a gift if there at 24.Gordon’s résumé is impressive. As a junior, he ran 343 times for 2,587 yards — the second-most in the history of college football for a single season — and scored 29 rushing touchdowns. In his career, Gordon averaged 7.5 yards per carry, also good enough for second in NCAA history behind Houston’s Chuck Weatherspoon, who averaged 8.2 yards per tote during his career, which ended in 1990. It’s worth noting that Gordon had 236 more carries over the course of his career than Weatherspoon.You can keep track of all the latest projections in Arizona Sports’ Mock Draft Tracker. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Back in early April, Peter King of The MMQB offered up his “Best Guess Draft” — and had the Arizona Cardinals going running back with the 24th overall selection. The respected writer had commissioner Roger Goodell announcing Georgia star Todd Gurley’s name in the first round.Tuesday, King released his next mock draft, and he has the Cardinals again selecting a running back — but not Gurley. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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