The NFL announced that this year’s supplemental draft will take place on Thursday, July 12. There are a number of guys available, but the only real intriguing player of the group seems to be WR Josh Gordon, formerly of Baylor and Utah. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal and Daniel Jeremiah teamed up to talk about Gordon:
“I noticed him in 2010 while watching other players at Baylor. Just thought that guy is pretty good,” Jeremiah said. “I saw him at Utah — coaches were just raving how athletic and talented he was.”
Utah’s practice field was the only place to see Gordon last year because he sat out the 2011 season after transferring. He’ll have to answer questions about why he suddenly went pro and if he’s facing any new issues.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Gordon has good speed and looks like a pro receiver. He could be the most talented supplemental pick since linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who went to the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round in 2006 and later made noise as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
You can rule out the Eagles and Giants. There won’t be any interest there. The Redskins are interesting to watch, since Gordon played with RG3 at Baylor, although they don’t have much room for another receiver and are already playing catch-up on draft picks, so I don’t really see that happening. But the one team that makes some sense is Dallas. My buddy Rafael Vela of Cowboys Nation once said that the Cowboys love receivers that are tall, smooth, good leapers, and eat up CB cushions. I don’t know about the smooth or good leaper parts, but Gordon is most definitely tall, and he’s a guy that will eat up cushions.
The Cowboys currently have nothing in the way of a competent #3 WR that they can rely on to begin the season. Putting in a bid on Gordon probably doesn’t change that, but it would give them an intriguing talent to add to the mix. If his contributions would be more of the long-term variety than they would be for 2012, it’s still an area of need that they’ll have to address next offseason anyway.
A couple months ago, I identified 7 teams the Cowboys should be keeping an eye on in terms of waiting to see if they cut an interesting name at WR. Throw Gordon into the pile.
Highlights after the jump: