Josh Gordon: Former Baylor WR Will Have Solid Career If He Stays out of Trouble

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIJuly 11, 2012

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Everybody deserves a second chance, especially a football prospect that ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at his pro day.

Former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended from the school's football program in August of 2011 because of what he attributed to a failed drug test (per ESPN).

Gordon caught 42 passes for 714 yards for the Bears in 2010 before he transferred to Utah following his suspension.

He never played a down for the Utes. He had no choice but to leave the program because of his financial situation, then tried to start over with the Houston Cougars in 2012 but was unable to do so because of NCAA regulations.

The 6'3", 225-pound Houston native never got the second chance at the collegiate level that every young man deserves, but NFL teams would be crazy not to give him a second lease on his football career at this year's supplemental draft.

Gordon clearly has a great frame for an NFL receiver, but his attitude at his pro day proved to be just as impressive. He talked about his suspension and future (per ESPN):

It (suspension at Baylor) was due to a failed marijuana test. It was against school policy, of course, and I was (suspended) in the summer. I've definitely put that part of my life behind me. I don't plan to ever go back there. It was a difficult time, but I learned from it, and I've moved on.

Having a chance to play in the NFL is a dream come true for me and my family. I appreciate having this opportunity. If I'm not drafted, I'll be happy to get a chance as a free agent.

So, Gordon's past mistakes can be attributed to his immaturity at the time, but things are looking bright for his future.

One of Gordon's greatest assets as a receiver is his hand size, which allows him to catch the ball away from his body. When combined with his fluidity, height and quickness, Gordon would give a potential suitor anything they could possibly want out of a wide receiver.

He's great after the catch, as evidenced in his 94-yard touchdown reception against Kansas when he was still with Baylor.

However, he's definitely going to be raw after being out of competitive football for some time, and has only proved himself to be effective in one season—he caught just one pass in his first season at Baylor.

The only other questions hounding Gordon are those regarding his character off the field.

It takes a lot of messing up to go from being one of the most highly-touted prospects in a college program to not playing for that program. It takes even more issues to not be able to get back on the field for any college team ever again.

Of course, some of the circumstances revolving around Gordon's troubles are out of his control, but questions still remain.

If Gordon is able to keep his head on straight and stay out of trouble, his prospective team won't regret taking him in the supplemental draft.