Josh Gordon getting early-round grades for 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on July 8, 2012

Josh Gordon 2Of the few prospects available during the 2012 Supplemental Draft, former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon has received the majority of the pre-draft buzz. And for good reason…

Not only is he a tremendously talented player, but he possesses the potential to develop into a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver at the next level. He’s a gifted athlete with the soft hands and elusiveness after the catch that NFL teams covet. The 6’3’’, 220-pound receiver reportedly runs a 4.3 40-yard dash and has star-caliber upside.

Some scouts have even said that he’s better than his former Baylor teammate Kendall Wright, who was drafted No. 20 overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Many scouts predict that Gordon won’t get past the third round of the draft, but any interested teams will certainly be wary of the risk involved. More often than not, supplemental draft picks fail to pan out, which means that a pick from the next year’s draft has gone to waste. Still, the former Baylor Bear possesses enough intrigue that he might even go in the second round.

To give you a point of reference: the Oakland Raiders spent a third-round pick on former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor last season. Although the jury is still out on how well that has worked, it doesn’t appear that Pryor is anywhere closer to being the Raiders’ starting quarterback than he was the day they drafted him.

In hopes of grabbing even more teams’ attention, Gordon will hold a workout on Tuesday, July 10.

The one lingering issue for Gordon is his off-field problems. He was suspended by Baylor for the 2011 season before transferring to Utah, where he never played a single down. His workout could give him an opportunity to prove that he has turned a new leaf with a future in the NFL just around the corner.

There are only a few days remaining until the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft gets under way. On July 12, we’ll find out whether or not the hype about Gordon is enough to get him drafted by the third round.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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