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Melvin Gordon: Learning From Arian Foster "Would Be Awesome"

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The second greatest Badger of the last decade patterned his running style after Arian Foster while at Wisconsin, and now he wants to learn from the man himself in the pros.

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Our friends over at SportsRadio 610 had former Wisconsin running back (and one of my personal favorite players in this entire draft class) Melvin Gordon on for an interview today to talk about the possibility of his becoming a Texan in just a few short weeks. Here are just a few of the things that he had to say.

On his rivalry with Todd Gurley to become the first back taken in the draft…

"Oh yeah it’s definitely a healthy rivalry. We’re cool off the field, but at the end of the day we know we’re both competing to be the number one back. He feels he should be number one, and I feel I should be number one, but we go back at it and we’re cool."

On his thoughts about the running back position seemingly becoming devalued in today’s NFL…

"It does get under your skin a little bit but you gotta do what you gotta do at the end of the day. Everybody knows they’re passing the ball a lot more than they have before in that league and now even in college they’re passing the ball a lot more, so it’s just a trend that’s going around and the running backs…we just feel like you can’t replace a special running back. You can’t replace Arian Foster or Marshawn Lynch. The great ones you can’t replace, and teams that made the great runs in the playoffs, they had great running backs. I feel like you can’t just plug in running backs like that, especially with that high caliber of talent."

On his admiration of Arian Foster…

"I think that as far as the outside zone game, I think he runs it the best. Obviously we ran that at Wisconsin – we ran inside and outside zone – I would definitely watch him a lot. I just feel like he’s a great back. He’s not super-fast, he’s not super-strong, but he gets the job done. He goes out there and makes plays, he catches the ball well. I’m a big fan of Arian Foster, and I’ve been for a while just because of the adversity he’s been through – knowing his story a little bit – so I’ve been paying close attention to him but as far as the outside zone game I don’t think there’s a back in the league that does it better."

On his contact with the Texans during this pre-Draft process…

"Yes sir. They were at my pro day. I talked to one of the scouts there. They have Arian Foster there so they have a great running back, but if they take me and I’m able to learn from one of the greats I think that would be awesome. I think I could learn a lot from Arian Foster."

The Badgers have been good to the Texans over the years with contributions like Owen Daniels, Garrett Graham, and of course J.J. Watt. Perhaps Wisconsin has one more gift to give to the city of Houston in the form of a nigh unstoppable run game.

I certainly would not complain.