Josh Gordon and the NFL Supplemental Draft

On Thursday, July 12, the NFL will hold its supplemental draft.

Who cares, right?

Well, if you’re a fan of a team that could use a big, fast wide receiver, you might care.  Among the eight names you’ve probably never heard of—the eight players eligible for the supplemental draft—one stands out:  Josh Gordon.

The former Baylor wideout stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 225 pounds and is expected to be selected no later than the third round, possibly as early as the second round.

In two seasons at Baylor, Gordon caught 43 passes for 721 yards and 7 touchdowns.  All but one 7-yard catch came in 2010.  After his October 2010 misdemeanor arrest for marijuana possession, however, Gordon was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.  He transferred to Utah, thus requiring him to sit out the 2011 season, but never suited up for the Utes, deciding to turn pro, instead.

According to Gregg Rosenthal of, Gordon may actually be better than the Tennessee Titans’ first-round pick, Kendall Wright, when they were both at Baylor.  He’ll be working out in front of NFL scouts in Houston on July 10, so we’ll have a better idea of his current skill set after that.

How does the supplemental draft work?

The short version is that teams interested in Gordon, or any other supplemental draft prospect, would have to sacrifice their 2013 draft pick in the round in which they select one of these eight players in 2012.

For example, the Oakland Raiders spent a third-round pick on Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor last summer in the supplemental draft, so they forfeited their third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

For more details about the how the supplemental draft system works, click here.

So who might be interested in him?  NFL guru Adam Schefter has cited the Browns, Dolphins, Panthers, Colts, Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins as potential suitors.

Of the seven teams Schefter speculates might be interested in Gordon, the Redskins might be the most highly motivated to snag him.  Recall that their new quarterback is Robert Griffin III … from Baylor.  Griffin was the one who threw all those passes to Gordon in 2010, and familiarity between quarterback and wide receiver is a very good thing.

The Cowboys also need a No. 3 wide receiver something fierce, so bringing Gordon back to Texas is a definite possibility.

The Colts, of course, are in rebuilding mode, and outside of Reggie Wayne—who is rapidly becoming long in the tooth—and Austin Collie—who is one concussion away from the end of his career—they have no wide receiver talent that really stands out.  Gordon might be a nice fit in Indianapolis.

The Eagles seem the least plausible team to be grab Gordon, since they already have 12 wide receivers on their roster and a 13th is on his way.  But you just never know.

The last question that most people have is whether or not supplemental draft picks ever amount to anything in the NFL.  Sometimes, yes.  Of the 41 total supplemental draft picks in NFL history, Cris Carter and Bernie Kosar had productive careers.

What do you think?  Will Gordon add his name to that two-man list?