There have been several years in which not a single player was selected in the supplemental draft. That apparently will not be the case in the 2012 version as there are a few draftable prospects, most notably, Baylor/Utah wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk reported that an NFC team has assigned a third round grade to Gordon and said that many high-ranking people at Baylor thought Gordon was a better player than Titans' first round draft pick, Kendall Wright.
In a business where smokescreens exist and are maybe more common than the truth, it's certainly possible that Gordon could fall out of the third round, although Silva doesn't think so. But even if he does, there seems like no scenario in which Gordon is undrafted.
Gordon caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2010 season at Baylor before transferring to Utah. He never saw the playing field in 2011 for the Utes due to transfer rules, but reportedly blew away Utah coaches with his athleticism and talent on the practice field.
The former Baylor standout will hold a pro day at the Houston Texans facility on Tuesday where he can display that athleticism. At 6-3, 220 he certainly has the size of a top NFL wideout and if he shows the 4.4 speed many expect him to, his draft stock will likely stay in the range that Silva has projected.
Gordon was suspended indefinitely left Baylor after an off-campus drug arrest, but Utah head coach Kyle Willingham said he felt the receiver "deserves a second chance." That second chance never really came and the reasons for Gordon's departure from a second school in as many years is still undisclosed.
General manager Gene Smith has been pretty steadfast about the morals of players on his team and Justin Blackmon was the first player he drafted with a prior arrest. We all know how the immediate returns for that decision have been for Smith.
As talented as Gordon is, I don't expect the Jaguars to take a chance.
If you're Gene Smith what pick would you be willing to part with for former Baylor/Utah wide receiver Josh Gordon?
1st/2nd round (25 votes)
3rd round (47 votes)
4th round (56 votes)
5th round (44 votes)
6th round (23 votes)
7th round (25 votes)
No pick (32 votes)
252 total votes