The hype surrounding 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft prospect, Josh Gordon has reached astronomical heights. Two weeks ago, not many were familiar with the name Josh Gordon, now there’s reports surfacing that Gordon will unlikely slip past the 3rd round in Thursday’s supplemental draft. Some believe Gordon is the most talented supplemental prospect since ’06 when the Cincinnati Bengals selected Ahmad Brooks.
The former Baylor Bear caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010 at before transferring to Utah. Gordon will hold a workout tomorrow at Rice for pro scouts, and the Washington Redskins will likely be unrepresented.
Gordon was suspended at Baylor after a drug arrest, and then transferred to Utah where he was unable to play due to NCAA transfer rules. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Josh Gordon is highly talented, but wide receiver is a difficult position to transition from the collegiate level – especially for a player as inexperienced as Gordon. Redskins’ coach, Mike Shanahan values experience and uses a certain criteria when scouting receivers.
The 6ft 4, 225 pound receiver is big and fast – hence the nickname “flash.” However, with limited tape and collegiate play, it’s a huge risk to select a receiver with Gordon’s resume.
The Redskins interest could be minimum for numerous reasons – they already have a depth chart full of “projected” receivers that think highly of. In addition, although Mike Shanahan has taken risk in the past, drug possession is just not something he’ll want to invest in. Yes, it could have been just one mistake and people that have been around Gordon consider him to be a good guy. But when you’re considering giving up a high ’13 draft pick for a guy, you have to be certain the player will justify that decision.
Washington has a young player in Leonard Hankerson, who they believe can eventually be a starter. In addition to adding Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan this off-season, both players are projected to contribute heavily and more than they did with their former teams. Not to mention, Santana Moss has entered the off-season re-energized and quite possibly could force the coaching staff to start him on the outside contrary to the slot position most projected him to fill.
Josh Gordon will likely get drafted on Thursday, July 12th, but don’t expect the team to be Washington.
Emmanual Benton is a featured Washington Redskins columnist for Rantsports.com and a NFL Rumors section contributor. If you enjoy talking Redskins and all things NFL, follow Emmanual on Twitter: Follow @Roccoskins