|Former Baylor WR Josh Gordon could draw interest in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. (US Presswire)|
The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft doesn't have the same headline-drawing player as last year's version, which featured former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. But at least one player is still drawing plenty of interest from teams: former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon.
According to multiple reports, it's possible that Gordon could go pretty early during the July 12th draft. Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk reported over the weekend that Gordon "has generated a third-round supplemental draft grade from at least one club," which Silva is told plays in the NFC.
On Monday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Gordon "could go as high as the second round." Schefter also mentioned a 4.4-ish 40 time for Gordon, so that second-round selection is likely predicted on an eye-popping number in the 40 for the 6'3", 225-pound wideout.
Two points to make on Gordon here. One: he's getting special attention because of the lack of talent and the time of year for the Supplemental Draft. Gordon's clearly talented, but he's got serious off-field issues.
In the isolated world of the Supplemental Draft, it's easier for one's stock to get driven up. Additionally, there's a matter of strategy for this draft -- CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson talked to former GM Charley Casserly about how to handle valuation of players in the Supplemental Draft.
Casserly actually believed that the Raiders had a sound strategy in picking Pryor last season.
"When you're drafting, and especially in the supplemental draft, you're trying to figure out where guys are going to go and what round to pick them in," Casserly told last year. "But with so few players in the supplemental draft, this is a guessing game. You can put a value on a player ... but there's a little bit an element of guessing. The consensus that I was getting is that most people thought this [Pryor] was a fourth-round pick. Well, when you do that, you pick a round ahead."
That doesn't mean that Pryor will necessarily work out. It just means that if Pryor's valued as a fourth-round pick, the Raiders have to risk possibly not getting him if they don't reach a little bit. (And as I said on the podcast last week, what are the Raiders supposed to do, recognize that their draft grades aren't entirely accurate?)
Which also means that if you end up with a tall, strong, fast wide receiver who's getting high grades from teams and puts on a big "Pro Day" performance, it's entirely possible that you'll see a team reach for him as early as the second round.
That would be a pretty solid step up for Gordon over Utah, especially after sitting out a season.
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