It looked like Melksham had taken the next step with his strong finish to the 2013 season when most others around him fell badly away.
However, 2014 has seen him basically revert to the Melksham of old, albeit with much less dumb decision making.
IMO Melksham just doesn't get nearly enough of the ball and isn't damaging enough with the possessions he gets. He's not an inside mid and lacks the pace to be a line-breaking outside midfielder.
That said in his six 2014 games he hasn't been bad, but he hasn't been very good either. He's been ok, but that's about it.
Unfortunately, when you have Zaharakis, Melksham and Howlett all being good ordinary footballers, Essendon's midfield lacks punch.
After 86 games and in his fifth season, it seems likely that Melksham may have reached the extent of development as an AFL footballer - he'll never be elite, but rather servicable.
I'll get flamed here, but I reckon that if a deal could be done to get a dangerous forward, or fleet-footed outside runner, then I trade Melksham (plus a third rounder pick!!) in an instant.