Josh Gordon's Pro Day Performance off the Field Will Only Help His Draft Stock

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterJuly 10, 2012

Photo Courtesy of ESPN
Photo Courtesy of ESPN

Josh Gordon's 40 time, vertical and broad jump numbers have made their way around the "footballosphere," with little affect on his draft stock. That's good, because his draft stock was already thought to be in the second round of the supplemental draft. Now, another number and one of the only good connotations of the word "negative" are solidifying his place in the top half of the supplemental draft.

Tony Pauline of TFYDraftInsider.com reports that Gordon passed an unannounced urine test and also had a wonderlic score equal to the level teams want out of a quarterback prospect.

These facts are crucial, because Gordon has now left two programs, with precious little detail on the nature of the divorces. If he can pass a surprise drug test and show well on the wonderlic, it speaks to the likelihood of his staying on the ball while he was away from football.

Rob Rang from CBS Sports also checked in, with details from a league source who said Gordon looked a little stiff in his routes, but displayed great hands and ball-tracking ability. This echoes Pauline's report that Gordon's hands were "exceptional."

Rang's source also said the workout "helped" Gordon. The idea that Gordon's stock was in the third- or fourth-round range—first put out there by Adam Caplan from the Sideline View—was strengthened by Rang saying uncertainty could cause Gordon to "slip" to the fourth round. This implies that the fourth is his floor in the supplemental draft on Thursday.

Draft season, even supplemental draft season, can bring misinformation. Pauline's reports are also consistent with a team that doesn't want Gordon trying to goad a rival into overpaying for him. The problem with that conspiracy theory is that any team should be able to verify either detail through Gordon's agent, Jeff Nailey.

Pauline's report is almost certainly true, and that should go a long way towards the more optimistic projections of Gordon's draft stock also being correct.


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