NFL Supplemental Draft 2012: Redskins Must Select Josh Gordon to Appease RG3

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins practices during the Washington Redskins rookie minicamp on May 6, 2012 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins should bring in a familiar set of hands via the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft for Robert Griffin III to drop passes to. 

Josh Gordon, RG3's former teammate at Baylor, is one of eight players eligible to be selected in this year's supplemental draft. Gordon is likely to be the first player chosen in this process. 

He is 6'3" and 220 pounds with solid speed and good hands. In 2010, as a sophomore, Gordon hauled in 42 catches for Baylor. He was on his way to becoming a star with first-round potential.

Then he violated team rules and was dismissed from the program. He transferred to Utah, but had to sit out the 2011 season. Now, here he is in this draft. 

Gordon, while he still needs to work on his route running, has all the tools to be a starting WR in the NFL. If works hard and improves, he is a potential No. 1 receiver.

Of course, no one has to tell that to his former QB. 

Griffin III, who is not working with the most gifted receiving corp in the league, is reportedly trying to get the Redskins to spend a pick on Gordon. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora tweeted as much. 

RG3 is pushing the Redskins brass hard to land Gordon in tomorrow's draft. Many teams interested, about 20 at Gordon's pro day Tues...

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 11, 2012

The Redskins would be wise to listen to Griffin III. Washington could use the help at receiver, and having someone Griffin III is comfortable with should help his transition process. That needs to be a huge priority for the Redskins. 

Washington mortgaged a big chunk of their future to attain the rights to draft RG3. The pressure is going to be extremely high on this young man right off the bat, and the Redskins will want to make sure he gets off on the right foot. 

Landing Gordon will not come without a cost. They will lose a pick equivalent to the one they used to land him in next year's draft.

Also, the supplemental draft works on blind bids. With that many teams interested in Gordon, the Redskins would likely have to go with at least a third-round selection to have a real shot at him.

This would leave Washington void of picks in the first and third rounds for the 2013 draft. But, if it helps their prized QB find quick success, it would be well worth it.