The supplemental draft will be taking place on Thursday, July 12th. It’s pretty much a silent auction where teams put in a bid of which round they would be willing to take the player they want. The team willing to use the highest draft pick will be rewarded with the player. The draft order is the same order in which aprils draft was and if you bid on a player in the 1st round and win, you will lose that your 1st rounder in 2013. Same goes for the rest of the rounds of the draft. Get it? Good.
So now comes the question, will the Vikings be interested in former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon? Gordon stands at 6’4, 225 lbs and possesses rare size and speed for the receiver position. Projected to run in the 4.4′s at his pro day that will be held on Tuesday, It’s easy to see why Gordon is a rare prospect for the supplemental draft. In 2010, Gordon had 42 receptions, 714 yards and 7 TD’s.
He does come with question marks though. Gordon was suspended from Baylor for violating team rules so he decided to transfer to Utah where he had to sit out the 2011 season. Now Gordon has decided to not go back to college and jump in the supplemental draft instead. It’s been reported that Gordon decision for entering was based off of financial reasons. Although he has had some troubles at Baylor, Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting did some digging and everyone he has talked to says Gordon is a good kid who has made some bad decisions. So what round pick would a team be willing to use on the Baylor product who has high potential but has sat out a whole year and has only a sample size of actual playing to go off of? Well a few scouts have said that it sounds like he won’t make it past the 3rd round. With the Colts and Rams the only teams ahead of the Vikings in the pecking order, the Vikings should have a good shot at landing Gordon if they choose to use a high pick on him. Me personally, it looks and sounds like Gordon is a 1st round talent with some character issues so I would be ok with using a 2nd or 3rd round pick on him.
So if you were Rick Spielman would you take a stab at Josh Gordon? What round would you be willing to take him in? If you want some fim review and write up about Gordon be sure to read Matt Waldman’s article on him.