NFL Supplemental Draft 2012: Josh Gordon Is Not Worth the Hype

Ron PasceriCorrespondent IIJuly 11, 2012

Image of Josh Gordon courtesy of
Image of Josh Gordon courtesy of

Former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon will cost whichever team selects him in the NFL Supplemental Draft due to his immaturity displayed from off- and on-the-field issues.

Gordon has received a ton of attention heading into this draft and rightfully so. He is big, athletic and made an impact at the college level, so the hype he's received is warranted.

His pro day yesterday was attended by 21 teams and he reportedly impressed his viewers with a 4.52 time in the 40.

Despite measuring in at a massive 6'3" and 224 pounds he was only able to do 13 reps on the bench press.

Gordon has prototypical size and speed but he has a few issues on his plate that teams will have to deal with.  

First, during his sophomore season he was caught with a teammate sleeping in a car in a Taco Bell drive-thru.  Police discovered marijuana in the car.  

Gordon's teammate was sent on his way but Gordon was allowed to stay without punishment.  He finished the season with 42 receptions for 714 yards and seven touchdowns.

His charges were dropped, but despite his good fortune he was suspended in the summer for what he now admits was a separate marijuana violation.

He was then given another chance at Utah and despite practicing for a season with the team while he was ineligible, he didn't stick around long enough to suit up for a single game.

When you are given a chance by someone, especially a second chance, you take advantage of it. 

He got a second chance at Baylor and he blew it.  Not only did he blow it, but he blew it for the same reason as his first problem.

Then at Utah he didn't even feel it necessary to try to prove himself.  He just left and entered the supplemental draft.

Gordon has impressive physical skills and some NFL team will take him.  He isn't the first big, fast receiver to enter the league with off-field issues.  Randy Moss entered the league with those types of skills and red flags.

Randy Moss was a transcendent player who had a great career and is looking to continue.  For every Randy Moss there is a Mike Williams or Devin Thomas that look the part, but are never really what you hoped they'd be.

Gordon isn't necessarily an awful guy and he has a chance to be a good football player, but it's easy to say the right things when you have no choice.  There is just no way to trust that his issues won't pop up again in the future.

Again, some NFL team will take a chance on him and probably with a third round pick.  The odds are that whoever takes that chance will end up regretting it.