NFL Supplemental Draft: Josh Gordon Will Be Worth the Hype
Josh Gordon is likely to be the only player selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft on Thursday, this per Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com.
The 6'3", 220-pound receiver from Baylor worked out for 21 NFL teams this week, and he was impressive.
We'll find out based on how high a team is willing to bid for his services.
The NFL's second draft is complex, but basically each team in the NFL is given a list of the eligible players. This year there are eight:
Quaylon Ewing-Burton, CB, Boise State
Josh Gordon, WR, Utah/Baylor
Adam Harris, RB, Syracuse
Adrian Haughton, OT, Iowa State
Larry Lumpkin, LB, Carson-Newman
Montez Robinson, DE, Georgia
Houston Tuminello, WR, McMurray/Louisiana Tech
Ed Wesley, RB, TCU
Each team will get an opportunity to submit a bid on a player they are interested in. The bids are essentially the draft pick a team is willing to give up for that player.
With picks so precious in the NFL, a team has to really like a player to take him in the Supplemental Draft.
Gordon is very highly touted. Russ Lande of Sporting News says that Gordon is a better prospect than both Brian Quick and Stephen Hill. Here is a highlight that shows some of Gordon's ability:
Those two are set to begin their rookie seasons, and both were second-round picks. Based on what I saw of Gordon in 2010, I'd have to agree with Lande's assessment. Physically, he reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald, though he isn't nearly as refined.
Gordon told NFL.com he was dismissed from Baylor's program for a failed marijuana test, but he has the coaching staff's blessing at this point.
He has great hands and excellent run-after-the-catch ability. Lande points out that his route-running needs to improve, but that is the case for most young receivers.
Gordon has solid upside, and the team that lands him will have a very talented receiver it can develop.
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