There is so little news around the NFL right now that this will be my 3rd post in 7 days about a WR that has entered the supplemental draft that had a career total of 721 receiving yards in college. Apologies for the overkill. That player is Josh Gordon, who started his college career at Baylor, put up nice numbers in his sophomore year (42-714-7), transferred to Utah, and is now going pro reportedly because he needs money sooner than later.
I don’t know a lot about the player, to be perfectly honest, so I’ll defer to Josh Norris of Rotoworld, who I feel has the best analysis of Gordon that I’ve read so far. Highlights from his two best games in college can be found here, against Kansas (4-161-2) and Kansas St (7-141-2).
But the real reason I seem to care so much about this kid is that Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk reported that a source said he won’t get past the 3rd round of the supplemental draft, because there is an NFC East team that will pounce if he does.
We all know there are smoke screens in the “real NFL draft,” but do teams throw out smokescreens in the supplemental draft as well? My feeling: Sure, why not? That said, I do respect Evan Silva’s reputation, so I thought it might be worthwhile to debate what NFC East team could be in the hunt for Josh Gordon. I think we can pretty much completely rule out the Eagles and Giants, leaving just the Redskins and Cowboys. The team that I’ve seen getting the most mentions is the Redskins, although I disagree.
Reasons it makes sense for the Redskins:
- The obvious connection is that Gordon played with Robert Griffin III at Baylor. However, I see that as a very minor bonus.
- The Redskins bought Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan this offseason, and they have a 2nd year kid in Leonard Hankerson that showed some nice flashes last year. Not to mention, Santana Moss is still hanging around, as is Anthony Armstrong. The Skins don’t lack WR depth. However, if you’ll recall, even after they had signed Garcon and Morgan, the Skins had their sights set on signing Eddie Royal, which is a clear indication that they’re willing to continue to add to their WR stash if they like a player.
- Mike Shanahan is 11-21 since taking over the reigns in DC. I think he is safe after this season as long as RG3 shows serious promise and the team looks like they’ll be legitimate competitors in 2013, but after that, he’s probably fair game. Bringing in a kid like Gordon now and easing him along with the intent of giving him a serious role in 2013 might make some sense.
- Shanhan likes him some tall WRs. In Denver he drafted both Ashley Lelie and Marcus Nash in the 1st round. Both players were 6’3.
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Reasons it doesn’t make sense for the Redskins (and this is a big one):
- They are already down their 1st round pick in the 2013 draft. Take away that 3, and they’re down to 6 picks, and only one on the first two days. That’s not good for a team with gaping holes on the OL and in the secondary. Also, the Skins still have to deal with the salary cap monies that were stripped away by Roger Goodell for dumping DeAngelo Hall and Albert Haynesworth’s salaries into the uncapped season, which makes their draft next offseason that much more important.
Reasons it makes sense for the Cowboys:
- The Cowboys don’t have anything close to a player currently on their roster that can be counted on to be a legitimate #3 WR. The addition of Gordon may or may not change that (it likely wouldn’t), but at the very least, he’s a very intriguing talent.
- Both Miles Austin and Dez Bryant missed time last year. Who is the 2 if either one of them go down in 2012? And then who becomes the 3?
- Whether or not the Cowboys are able to find a competent 1-year band-aid when other teams begin cutting players, WR will likely be a need heading into next offseason anyway.
Reasons it doesn’t make sense for the Cowboys:
- Drafting Gordon doesn’t necessarily solve their #3 WR issue this season. The guy didn’t play football last season, and has minimal experience even at the college level. Immediate returns should not be expected.
The way I see it, the much more compelling argument is for the Cowboys.