NFL Supplemental Draft WR Josh Gordon's Stock Rising Going into Pro Day Workout
Perhaps it's just the lull in the NFL news cycle, but with each passing day, the price for former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon gets a little higher.
If he can confirm the rare package of physical tools (and evidence of continued dedication while he was away from the field) on Tuesday at his pro day workout, Gordon might meet even the most optimistic projection of his draft slot.
Draft analyst Chad Reuter of NFL.com and ESPN uber-insider Adam Schefter both floated the idea of Gordon going in the second round of the supplemental draft on Twitter on Monday.
Schefter's take was softer, saying Gordon "could go as high as the second round" and that he is expected to run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds or faster at 6'3" and 225 pounds.
Reuter's stronger take was that he would be "surprised" if Gordon wasn't a second-round pick, because he has more talent than 2013 second-round wide receiver prospects and the team selecting him gets to start developing him right now.
Schefter also speculated via Twitter that the "Browns, Dolphins, Panthers, Colts, Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins and more" would be interested in Gordon because they are "receiver needy."
This overlaps with the scoop from Rotoworld's Evan Silva via Twitter over the weekend that he "heard reliably" that Gordon won't get past the third round. Silva's information is that an NFC East team "will take him" in the third "if (Gordon)'s there."
The Cowboys have a need at wide receiver, and the Redskins have Gordon's former college quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Both organizations have a recent history of taking players in the supplemental draft and an owner that isn't shy about gambling with the team's draft resources.
The Eagles seem less likely to be the team in Silva's item, but they have two inferior "big wide receiver" talents in Marvin McNutt and Riley Cooper.
Of course, we are in a mini-draft season, so the possibility of misinformation being deliberately put out there to goad a rival into spending a higher pick can't be ruled out. (The team that is awarded the player has to give up an equivalent pick in the following year's draft.) Reuter's take does seem plausible, particularly because of the added benefit of getting Gordon in the organization immediately.
Gordon can make the second round a reality by running in the low 4.4-second range and looking like he has been keeping himself in shape and dedicated to the task of becoming a professional football player at his pro day workout at the Houston Texans facility on Tuesday.
Any team enamored with his size/speed combination will likely be willing to look past his negative character information to get a potential No. 1 receiver outside of the first round of the draft.
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