Former Baylor castoff Josh Gordon has a sexy name right now, especially if you're floating his name out there when talking about NFL teams with a receiver unit that lacks sex appeal.
The Miami Dolphins are presently in that position considering Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Legedu Naanee and a 34-year-old Chad Ochocinco is the best four wide outs Miami has to offer.
I've got nothing against Gordon, who is 6-foot-3, weighs 225 pounds, and reportedly ran a 4.52 40-yard dash time at his workout for NFL teams, many of which are considering him for selection in Thursday's supplemental draft.
He clearly has talent considering he caught 42 for 714 yards and scored seven touchdowns in his sophomore season (2010) as one of the primary weapons for Robert Griffin III.
But Gordon is a receiver carrying some luggage. We're referring to character concerns. He left Baylor last summer after being indefinitely suspended following an arrest for marijuana possession in a Taco Bell drive-through.
Do teams really throw away a player who is supposedly their best wide out because of a little weed? Or is there more?
He transferred to Utah but never played for the Utes, entering the supplemental draft due to financial reasons. Sounds fishy. Wouldn't shining in 2012 put Gordon in position to flourish if he was that talented?
The biggest question about Gordon from a football standpoint is whether he's a better receiver than former Miami Hurricanes flanker Tommy Streeter, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
Streeter was very productive for one season at UM, just like Gordon was for Baylor. They are both straight line guys who have comparable measurables, and are a little stiff. The biggest difference is Streeter is a high 4.3 40-time guy and Gordon is a low 4.5 guy speed wise.
Gordon also has character and drug use concerns, which usually don't go away, especially when it comes to the receiver position, which happens to be the breeding ground for NFL divas.
If you simply account for Gordon's measurables, limited college production and factor in his character concerns, the ceiling on his draft stock - minus all this ridiculous buzz created by the NFL's dead period - is likely a fourth-round pick.
And only desperate teams would possibly use that because most NFL squads already have their top five or six receivers. Many, like the Dolphins, are carrying 12 into training camp.
The biggest question is, can Gordon come in and immediately learn the offense in two months (after sitting out an entire year of football) and unseat your team's fifth receiver? For Miami that's Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Clyde Gates or Julius Pruitt?
If the answer isn't clear cut then why waste your time, and a 2013 NFL draft pick?
Also available in the supplement draft are TCU tailback Ed Wesley, Boise State defensive back Quaylon Ewing, Syracuse tailback Adam Harris, Iowa State tackle Adrian Haughton, Carson-Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin, Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson and Midwestern State receiver Houston Tuminello.
Selections will be made electronically beginning at 1 p.m. ET. on Thursday.
Last year the Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick on former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and I'm told the Dolphins also submitted a lower-round draft pick for Pryor.
It will be interesting to see if Gordon gets a bite from the Dolphins. Considering the supplemental draft's suspect history, and this team's desire to add players without character concerns, I'm not sure he should.
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