NFL Supplemental Draft 2012: Josh Gordon Will Defy History of Draft
The NFL supplemental draft hasn't exactly produced a lot of stars in recent years. Since 2002, linebacker Ahmad Brooks is head and shoulders above the rest.
But former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon—who was selected in the second round of this year's draft by the Cleveland Browns—has a shot at making an impact in the NFL.
A look at some of the players who have been chosen in the past 10 years of the supplemental draft reveals the odds Gordon faces.
Guard Milford Brown, selected in 2002, hasn't even been part of a practice squad since 2009. Running back Tony Hollings, from the 2003 draft, hasn't played since 2005. Lineman Manuel Wright, drafted in 2005, is currently playing Arena football for the Stockton Lightning. Defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, selected in 2009, has already retired.
Safety Paul Oliver (2007), running back Harvey Unga (2009), nose tackle Josh Brent (2010) and Terrelle Pryor (2011) are still in the NFL but have yet to make much of a mark.
Offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who came on last season with the San Diego Chargers, joins Brooks as the only players from the supplemental draft in the past 10 years to make an impact in the NFL.
But there is a lot to like about Gordon, who some believe is a better prospect than rookie wideouts A.J. Jenkins, Brian Quick and Stephen Hill.
For one, Gordon has good size, at 6'3", 224 pounds. The 21-year-old also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at his pro day on Tuesday, per ESPN. He's also shown good hands and the ability to be a solid blocker. Beyond that, he got it done on the field for Baylor in 2010-2011, racking up 714 yards and seven touchdowns as the second option to star Kendall Wright.
Will Josh Gordon be an impact player in the NFL?
Gordon, of course, isn't perfect. He comes with character concerns after being suspended last season by Baylor for testing positive for marijuana. He also needs to improve his route running, and he has had trouble taking care of the ball after the catch.
But overall, it wasn't a surprise that the Browns gave up a 2013 second-round pick for Gordon this year because, well, he has the potential to give them second-round value.
Don't be surprised if Gordon bucks the trend of a relatively disappointing supplemental draft throughout the years.
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