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How to approach Melvin Gordon in fantasy drafts - Jeff Ratcliffe
Of course, if you draft Gordon, it’s all but essential to handcuff him. Unlike with Conner, who was a slam dunk handcuff to Bell last year, there are two possible candidates in the Chargers backfield: Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. While some may look to Ekeler as the clear handcuff, his profile as more of a pass-catching back should give us at least some pause. The good news is that Gordon did miss time last year, so we at least have somewhat of a working idea of what to expect.

Why Melvin Gordon isn't worth a premium contract in today's NFL - Austin Gayle
Gordon, of course, is eyeing a much bigger dollar figure than $6M in average annual salary AAS. The NFL’s three highest-paid backs (Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson) all make $13M-plus in AAS on their respective contracts, and the average AAS for the NFL’s 32 highest-paid backs is $5.2M. Gordon is likely interested in getting above $13M in AAS if not resetting the market with an AAS above $15M. And if he is indeed looking for a pay bump along those lines, Los Angeles – or any NFL team, really – would be smart to refrain from cutting him the check.

Every NFL Team's Top Impact Rookie Candidate: AFC West - Sam Smith
Above all, Tillery’s athletic profile suggests elite interior pass rusher. Tillery is 6-foot-6 and posted some of the best combine numbers among interior defenders at the combine. And according to Pro Football Focus, he had the best pass rush win rate of any interior prospect this year. Tillery’s long arms, heavy hands and power resulted in eight sacks as a senior, and points to plenty of success at the next level. At the very least, his gravity could open up some windows for the Chargers’ elite edge defenders.

Barnwell: Why the Chargers shouldn't extend Melvin Gordon's contract - Bill Barnwell
In Gordon's four pro seasons, 19 backs have racked up 600 carries or more. Gordon ranks 11th in yards per attempt (4.0) and eighth in success rate (38.5%). He has been about a league-average back when healthy, and he hasn't been healthy for extended stretches of time. Gordon is unquestionably talented, but if he's looking for a Devonta Freeman-sized deal -- let alone something in the Le'Veon Bell or Todd Gurley ballpark -- the Chargers are probably better off letting him leave.

NFL experts debate: Who will be the No. 1 fantasy pick in 2022? - ESPN NFL Experts
Bowen: Derwin James, S, Chargers. In just one season, we've seen James find the ball at all three levels of the field. This is an impact defender. And the physicality jumps out on film. I love that in the secondary. James is a playmaker with the athletic versatility and modern-day traits to fill multiple roles in any scheme.

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