The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Josh Gordon is expected to be timed in the 40-yard dash in the 4.4s or better. He could go as high as 2nd round.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 9, 2012
One scout went so far as to call Gordon a "rare talent."
There's no doubt the Dolphins have interest in Gordon, but they'll have to gamble a second- or third-round pick if they wish to attain him. Schefter speculates via Twitter that the Browns, Dolphins, Panthers, Colts, Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins and others will have interest. And, according to Pro Football Talk, Gordon definitely won't fall past the third round.
The Dolphins have two third-round picks in next year's draft, so they can use one on a second-round talent who plays a position of need.
That might not be enough, however. Because there's so much interest in Gordon, it's quite possible Miami has to gamble next year's second-round selection.
Is he worth such a hefty investment?
Considering that Gordon—as Schefter points out via Twitter—is bigger, faster and stronger than former teammate Kendall Wright, who the Titans just drafted in the first round, he might be. Plus, Gordon may have missed a full season of football, but is he any less seasoned than second round picks like Brian Quick or Stephen Hill?
Realistically, though, the Dolphins won't risk a second-round pick on a wild card prospect. Joe Philbin wants to build his team through the draft, and gambling such a valuable selection on a risky player may contradict his philosophy.
Gordon has to prove that he's in elite shape during his pro day on Tuesday. If he looks like the same player who caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010, then it'll be easy for the Dolphins to justify using a third-round pick on him.
Plus, Jeff Ireland is a Baylor alum, so he'll gather extra intel on Gordon.
Miami's wide receiver corps is one of the team's weakest units. Adding Gordon would immediately bolster its long-term prospectus, and it would give Ryan Tannehill a uniquely talented wide receiver to grow with.
The Dolphins already have a surplus of wideouts, so they must decide if Gordon has a higher ceiling than Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Clyde Gates, and the rest of their young, untested wide receivers.