The worst thing about trying to perform in life is high expectations. That is, unless you can beat those expectations. Whispers around Twitter yesterday had former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon potentially running as fast as 4.4 in the forty yard dash. Unfortunately for the young man who looks to enter the league this Thursday via supplemental draft, he wasn’t able to top the expectations.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys were among the teams confirmed to have attended. Obviously, there were Texans officials on hand, too. In all, 21 teams showed up.
(Adam) Caplan reports that Gordon ran a 4.52 forty-yard dash after measuring in at 6-foot-3 1/8 and 224 pounds. Gordon recorded a 36-inch vertical leap with a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump. He did 13 reps on the bench.
As people had suggested a team might actually give up a second round draft choice in order to secure Gordon’s talents, that now remains to be seen. You have to think someone will still be willing to part with at least a third rounder for the tall, fast receiver. And given the fact that I can easily come up with that logic, why wouldn’t a team that is notoriously good and wants another receiver with potential on their roster, give up a second rounder that is likely to be much closer to the beginning of the third round than it is to the end of the first round?1
The Browns know all about coming up short in a bidding war. If they want this guy2 , they need to take the aggressive Trent Richardson approach and probably just commit and bid a second rounder. If they still somehow miss out on him because a team with a worse record also bids a second rounder, you really can’t fault the team. I am just guessing based on game theory and the number of teams that were at the workout this morning that the Browns’ third round bid won’t be enough. I could be wrong. We’ll see.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if it came down to the Redskins and Browns again? The Browns had more to offer for RG3 and managed to lose that negotiation. The Browns are in the driver’s seat by virtue of winning one fewer game than the Redskins. The ball’s in their court at least with regard to the ‘Skins.
- If you couldn’t tell, I was looking straight at Bill Belichick. [↩]
- and it is a gigantic if that I have no inside knowledge of whether they want Josh Gordon or not [↩]