Robert Griffin III Is the Biggest Wild Card in the NFL Supplemental Draft
If you could know the thoughts of one NFL decision-maker about wide receiver Josh Gordon as a clue to the outcome of the NFL Supplemental Draft tomorrow, a number of general managers and owners would come to mind. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert, and Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland will all be major players in the Supplemental Draft tomorrow.
The person who might have the most sway over Gordon's destination might not be a front office executive, or even a head coach. It could be his quarterback and teammate at Baylor, Robert Griffin III.
Jason La Canfora of CBS reports that Griffin has been "pushing the Redskins brass hard" to land Gordon. La Canfora added that Gordon had just gotten off of the phone with Griffin when he talked to him last night.
The Redskins have already pushed "all in" on Griffin, trading their 2013 and 2014 first-round picks, along with the their 2012 first and second-round pick for him. On first glance, it would seem that a team without a first-round pick next year would loathe to spend their second or third a year in advance.
If Griffin is really going to the mat for the addition of Gordon, doesn't spending an additional second-round selection to give him a hand-picked target only incrementally increase the size of the bet that will determine the future of the franchise?
The second-round is key here because the third-round is considered the likely break point for Gordon's stock tomorrow. The Redskins could actually end up first in the third round despite being sixth in the draft, because the NFL will hold a lottery to determine the order right before the actual draft tomorrow. The Redskins are part of the group of six or less win teams that will be in the lottery to choose first.
If a team like the Browns or Colts that could use Gordon remain ahead of the Redskins, that could inspire Dan Snyder to pony up a second-round pick. The possibility of rival Jerry Jones spending a second could also encourage Snyder to pull the trigger because the Redskins will be ahead of them in the order in any scenario.
Snyder has never been reluctant to spend his picks before the draft, and the Redskins used a third-round pick on supplemental draft prospect Jeremy Jarmon in 2009. If Griffin is pleading with the organization to bring in Gordon, it will be hard for him to say no.
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