Often the NFL’s annual Supplemental Draft comes and goes without anything of note happening. That won’t be the case this year, thanks to one man: Josh Gordon.
Gordon is a very talented receiver who played his college ball at Baylor. Unfortunately, he failed a drug test after his sophomore season in 201o and left the school. He transferred to Utah, and sat out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. Sadly, Gordon apparently was struggling financially and therefore felt he needed to leave school to go pro. Too late to enter the “regular” draft, Gordon has found himself in the Supplemental Draft.
Gordon hasn’t played much football (and none in the past two years) but NFL teams – reportedly 21 of them – flocked to his impromptu pro day today at the Houston Texans’ facility. The Bills were among the teams in attendance. There’s good reason for the interest – this young man sure looks like an NFL wide receiver at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. He’s also supposedly gone sub 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, though he “only” ran a 4.52 today.
Some scouts are really high on Gordon, with some speculation saying Gordon could go as high as the second round in the Supplemental Draft. (Any team picking Gordon in the Supplemental Draft will have to give up a draft pick in next year’s “regular” draft from the same round.)
Will the Bills jump in on Gordon?
Well, the Bills were clearly at least toying with the idea, given that the team attended his workout. But I’d be pretty shocked if the Bills pulled the trigger. This guy is worth a look, but Buddy Nix has made a point of not going after guys with character concerns.
Gordon has been very upfront with teams about his past problems, admitting, “”It (suspension at Baylor) was due to a failed marijuana test. It was against school policy, of course, and I was (suspended) in the summer. I’ve definitely put that part of my life behind me. I don’t plan to ever go back there. It was a difficult time, but I learned from it, and I’ve moved on.”
At least he’s not denying it, but the I doubt Nix will be swayed. Maybe the Bills throw out a sixth- or seventh-round flyer just in case no one else gives him a shot…but some other team will out-bid that by going in on an earlier round. He’s just too talented to ignore.
It might be just as well. Goodness knows the Bills already have a lot options at WR.