Supplemental Draftee Josh Gordon Runs 4.52 40-Yard Dash

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.

[Related: Browns will check out former Baylor Bear receiver Josh Gordon]

  1. If you couldn’t tell, I was looking straight at Bill Belichick. []
  2. and it is a gigantic if that I have no inside knowledge of whether they want Josh Gordon or not []
  • Robert Paulsen

    I think a third rounder is the way to go, let the Skins bid a second if they like but a 2nd round pick is too valuable in the NFL to waste on unproven guys.

  • MrCleaveland

    A 4.52? What was he doing, carrying a piano on his back? What a bum. This guy can’t play football. That tenth-of-a-second longer that it takes him to run 40 yards is crooshal. A guy like him is useless when it’s 3rd-and-40. Get him outta here.
    Workout Warrior

    P.S. Anybody know why I have to sign in all the time now? It seems like every time they improve Disqus they make it worse.
    Web Whiner

  • mgbode

    we don’t know if we are picking before or after Washington yet. I mis-spoke in the other thread though. apparently, it is now a weighted lottery system.

    “Teams with six wins or less participate in the first lottery for the top
    supplemental draft picks. The team that posted the worst record among that group
    is given a weighted advantage over the following team, with each team’s “weight”
    being decreased on down the line until reaching the team with the best record in
    the group.”

  • Garry_Owen

    But he had a 10′ 1″ broad jump! 10′ 1″ !!!!!! I hear Childress has installed a special broad jump gizmo play to the flanker on 3rd and Goal from the 3. He’s money at that range!
    (As for the signing in, if you can’t take the hint that you’re no longer welcome on this site, I don’t know what to tell you. Please sign in before responding.)

  • Garry_Owen

    Brian Robiskie concurs.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They have nothing to lose offering at least a third round pick they hardly do anything after round one anyways these days.

  • Harv 21

    that’s not the broad jump gizmo play, stupid. It’s when a quick turn-in route’s called but the corner’s already crowding you at the line. If your broad jump sucks, you’re forced to wear those embarrassing flubber shoes. And then like everybody knows what you’re going to do.

  • MrCleaveland

    Garry! Long time no see. How ya been?

    I don’t think that making people jump through extra hoops is going to keep the riff-raff out. It didn’t keep me out.

    Anyway, nice to see you again. You didn’t misspell anything or screw up the King’s English this time, so you leave me with little else to add. Other than, Go suck swamp water.

  • Garry_Owen

    Come on, man. (In my best Ross Perot voice): You know it, I know, the American people know it. Flubber is only used in basketball. Sheesh.
    (And don’t even come back with any “Son of Flubber” garbage. That football scene was nonsense – a dude inflating, Veruca Salt style, come on – and I don’t acknowledge it.)

  • Jaker

    I’d be ok with giving up a 3rd for this guy, he seems to have limitless potential, so I’m more than ok with him and Little starting at WR with Benji and Cribbs being our underneath guys and Norwood and Cooper rounding out the position. Mitchell and Massy could be on their way outta here for some late picks with the likes of Hardesty and Wallace. Time to start ripping off the bandaids

  • Garry_Owen

    Speaking of swamp water (blech!), I’ve been swamped at “work.” Lots of travel; lots of litigation. It leaves little time for important things like this. Also, I frankly kinda (apologies to the King) got tired of how personal it’s been on here lately (including apparent blood feuds with rival blogs), so I’ve been laying low, lurking in the shadows, wondering when it would be safe to come back into the light. It brings out the worst in all of us, including me, so I’m easing myself back in, getting ready for the inevitable anonymous tough guy verbal donnybrooks that accompany Browns season. I’m determined to take a Hindu-Amish approach (not to be confused with a “Hindu-Kush” Approach – very nasty) to the interwebs from here on out (absent good-natured ribbing to those that will take it good naturedly), but I’m exercising my retorts and sharpening my rejoinders just in case I get roped back in like Michael Corleone.

  • Harv 21

    clearly you’re not yet familiar with Brad Childress, the man, his play calling or his football fashion sense. You’re in for the most special of treats, friend. In the OTAs the wideouts were reportedly working on skate board jumps. Guessing he knew immediately who needed those special insoles and who didn’t.

    Glad you’re back. Keep it real. Or better yet, don’t.

  • mgbode

    no wonder you haven’t posted much lately. no electricity for you in your *Amish model. wondering how you got this post up w/o it. impressive.

  • BrownsFanSF

    I feel like we should practice some kinda group meditation thing before the Browns season starts. If the off-season is any indicator, it’s going to be an intense year on the WFNY boards.

  • Garry_Owen

    As noted supra, my newfound Amish internet passivism is necessarily, and happily, conglomerated with Hindu internet passivism. (I mean, come on, one call to any tech support number clearly reveals that they have no problem – indeed, they excel – at interwebbery.)

  • Garry_Owen

    As our resident San Francisco hippy (horrible, broad-based assumptions, here), I duly nominate you for the position of “Dawg Pound Meditation Leader,” with all of the benefits that accompany this august position.
    I will receive a “second” to this motion . . .

  • Dee P

    Every team is going to have their draft day busts, but Robert’s right. 2nd round talent is a premium – plenty of 2nd rounders on our team that have been productive. For every Robiskie there is a Sheard and Ward.

  • mgbode


    (laughing to self at the days when those messages littered our comments)

  • mgbode

    ah, so the Hindu portion overrides the Amish in terms of the internet. luckily, there is no conflict with cheese.

  • MrCleaveland

    It’s Harv! Hey, the whole Nerd Brigade is back together. Yeah, I can’t wait to see our WRs “catching big air” in the Flying Tomato sense rather than “catching big air” in the Braylon Edwards sense.

    /Excuse me while I sign in AGAIN!

  • MrCleaveland

    It’s Harv! Hey, the whole Nerd Brigade is back together. Yeah, I can’t
    wait to see our WRs “catching big air” in the Flying Tomato sense rather
    than “catching big air” in the Braylon Edwards sense.

    /Excuse me while I sign in AGAIN!

  • BrownsFanSF

    I will perform this duty to the best of my San Franciscan abilities.

    Now please remove your shoes for the ceremonial eating of the gorp.

  • Garry_Owen

    Cheese, no. All of the other meat and gravy-centric faire? Yes, unfortunately, a huge conflict.

  • Akronpoppy

    Let the RGIII thing go. The new Rams staff wanted an extra bullet in the bank 3 years from now instead of a late first rounder this year. Stop blaming the execs for us only getting a star RB, big-armed QB and preserving our first rounders for the future.

  • realrepublic

    Why is it more interesting if it comes down to the Browns and Redskins again? Why would you say he is “fast” by running below expectations in the 40 (realizing a 40 is a somewhat subjective measurement). More than anything, you might want to buy the MLA Handbook so you can understand how to use footnotes.

  • Natedawg86

    Can we leave the whole Redskins thing alone? This is tough because like they say, a second from CLE is top 40 in the draft whereas a 2nd from the Pats is in the 60s

  • Garry_Owen

    Do we have to eat it with our feet? That’s weird.

  • eldaveablo

    I don’t see the Skins taking a chance with a 2nd rounder, considering they don’t have a first rounder next year. Snyder can get a little crazy, but would they take such a chance when they are so light on picks already?

  • Luke McLaughlin

    chill dude. this website isn’t anyones job.. its a hobby. go hate on profesional writes if you want, not a hobbyist.

  • mgbode

    they also just signed Garcon and Morgan to big contracts and still have Santana.

  • John Keefe

    That made me laugh. We said. “More than anything,” you’re a dweeb.