The NFL rumors have been swirling around former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon who is the prize of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft tomorrow. There has been speculation that he will go in third round of the draft, which would mean any team drafting him would have to forfeit their corresponding 2013 pick. Twenty-one teams sent at least one representative to see Gordon in his pro day on Tuesday. Among those teams was the New York Giants.
Gordon, who missed the 2011 season because of a failed drug test, ran a 4.52 40-yard dash. He said his days of drug use are behind him and I hope he is right. He has an excellent frame for a receiver at 6-3, 225 pounds, decent speed and very good hands. He fits the mold of a Giants receiver, in other words.
The question would be, would the Giants bid on him, and if so, what round? Right now the Giants have Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, and drafted Rueben Randle in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. However, Nicks will miss the start of training camp with a broken foot but says he will be back in time for the season. Hixon has had two ACL injuries in as many years. Barden has not lived up to the potential. Jernigan was also a bit of a disappointment last season but he will get a pass because of the lockout which stumped his development. And, with Randle, the talent is there and should translate but he is, as yet, unproven.
If the Giants bid on Gordon it wouldn’t mean they don’t have confidence in any of their players. Instead, it would be the Giants seeing a potential number one wide receiver and another dynamic target for Eli Manning to throw to.
While I doubt the Giants will place a bid on Gordon that would land them the Supplemental Draft’s prize, I could see GM Jerry Reese bidding a fourth or fifth rounder on him. Reese has been willing to gamble on players he sees as low-risk/high-reward lately and Gordon certainly fits that bill. On a side note, the last couple of times the Giants drafted someone in the Supplemental Draft was 1992 when they selected Duke University quarterback Dave Brown in the first round. They also used a fourth round selection in the 1994 Supplemental Draft on safety Tito Wooten of Louisiana-Monroe. I think the winning bid for Gordon might as high as a second round selection but he probably won’t fall beyond the fourth round.