The NFL Supplemental Draft will be held on July 12th. For those who are unfamiliar with the supplemental draft, teams submit private bids for the eligible players. The team who bids the highest then forfeits their corresponding pick in the following NFL Draft.
This year, eight players — Boise State DB Quaylon Edwards, Syracuse RB Adam Harris, Baylor WR Josh Gordon, Iowa State OT Adrian Haughton, Georgia DE Montez Robinson, McMurray WR Houston Tuminello, Carson-Newman LB Larry Lumpkin and TCU RB Edward Wesley — are eligible for the supplemental draft.
One of those players — Josh Gordon — is a big time talent who could be taken in the first half of the supplemental draft.
Gordon fits the bill of a NFL wideout with his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame and he has the skills to back it up. The former Baylor product has 4.4 straight line speed and tallied 42 catches for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in his last season of play. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell said this of Gordon:
”Gordon is likely to receive the most attention from media and teams in the buildup to the draft. I spoke with former NFL scout (and current NFL.com analyst) Daniel Jeremiah on Monday, who said that Gordon is building some buzz among teams. At 6’4″ and 225 pounds with good speed, Gordon looks the part.”
Gordon attacks the ball at it’s highest point and has also shown a willingness to block in the running game. He could use some development in his route running, but has tremendous upside.
Gordon has the physical tools, but he does have some character concerns. He was suspended indefinitely from the Baylor program in 2011 after being arrested for marijuana possession while in the drive-thru to pick up his fourth meal from Taco Bell. Gordon then transferred to Utah, where he sat out last season before declaring for this year’s supplemental draft.
There will be some team who becomes intrigued with his physical tools, so don’t be surprised when a team forfeits their pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to acquire Gordon.