March 24, 2018

Josh Gordon: Supplemental Draft Prospect

It is well-known that the Houston Texans are loading up at wide receiver this year whether it was through the draft or undrafted free agents.  The NFL Supplemental Draft is July 12th and the Texans purportedly have their eyes on another wide receiver prize.  Today, Adam Schefter reported that former Baylor Bear wide out Josh Gordon has scheduled his Pro Day this Tuesday, July 10th, at the Texans’ facility.  Gordon, who is 6’3” 225 pounds and runs a sub 4.4, had his career best in 2010 as a sophomore when he amassed 42 catches for 714 yards and 7 touchdowns in Baylor’s high octane offense.  His quarterback that year was Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) and fellow wide out was Kendall Wright (Tennessee Titans), both first rounders this year.


Some scouts say he is a combination between a “raw Terrell Owens and Demaryius Thomas” and should be taken within the four rounds of this year’s Supplemental Draft.  He is described as a mix of size, speed, athleticism, and strength that make him an NFL caliber wide receiver – a position most Texans’ fans see as a weakness.


However, off the field issues and inexperience are concerns, which Gordon was indefinitely suspended from Baylor for an apparent drug arrest.  After getting a second chance, he decided to transfer to Utah, but due to NCAA rules, he was forced to sit out a year.  Gordon was set to play for the Utes this year, but opted to forgo his college career and entered the NFL Supplemental Draft.


Gordon will certainly be a wildcard in this year’s Supplemental Draft.  Should the Texans take that chance if they get the opportunity?

2 Responses to “Josh Gordon: Supplemental Draft Prospect”
  1. James says:

    I’m really hoping the Texans get this guy. I’ve been a fan of his since high school. I really believe he was given a raw deal by Art Briles. He did get into a bit of trouble but he’s a kid. Definitely worth a mid or late round pick.

    • Charles says:

      Keep in mind, if the Texans draft Gordon in the Supplemental Draft, it would mean they must forfeit the equivalent pick in next April’s regular draft. In other words, if the Texans select or draft Gordon with a 2nd or 3rd round pick this Thursday, then they lose their 2nd or 3rd round pick next year. In my opinion, this is a lot of stock to put into such a young player. However, it is reported that one NFC team has a 2nd round grade on Gordon, all things being equal – but that doesn’t mean he should necessarily be taken in the 2nd round. A side note, a team does not have to use a Supp pick – they can pass each round.

      I’m assuming the Texans’ scouting department will evaluate equivalent talent at wide receiver for next year’s April draft and try to determine or predict if there is a similar player with 2nd or 3rd round grades before using up this Supp pick. I presume there is a lot more that goes into this selection than one might think.

      It will be something to watch, that’s for sure. Thanks for the comment.

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