Most of you have probably never heard of Josh Gordon, but don't worry, almost no one had ever heard of the former Baylor wide receiver before a few weeks ago. Now Gordon is easily the top prospect in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft which will kickoff on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Of the eight players eligible in this year's Supplemental Draft, Gordon is head and shoulders above the rest of the field. At 6'3" and 224 pounds Gordon runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 second range. He is a tall, fluid receiver who put up great numbers at Baylor as a sophomore in 2010.
After starting five of Baylor's 13 games in 2010, Gordon finished the year with 42 receptions for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. Following that season he was suspended for a violation of team rules and transferred to Utah. Then he was forced to leave Utah because of financial issues, and attempted to transfer to Houston for the 2012 season. The NCAA ruled he would have to sit out the season, so Gordon elected to enter the Supplemental Draft.
While Gordon has a lot of developing to do, he is tall, fluid and has outstanding hands. At his size, the way he moves in the open field is special. He can also go up and get balls when he needs to, and has the kind of running ability to rack up yards after the catch.
He isn't a polished route-runner yet, but he does a great job of getting in and out of his breaks and shielding the ball from defenders. He just has a natural knack for the position that really shows up on film.
Considering the fact that his career has been interrupted, it's amazing that Gordon has retained as much ability as he has. He's a risk because of his lack of experience but he has such high upside that he is almost certainly worth it.
Gordon is by far the best talent available in this year's Supplemental Draft and someone will grab him with a relatively high pick.