More than 20 NFL teams were in attendance for Josh Gordon's pro day in Houston on Tuesday with some sending more than one personnel representative. The interest is obviously there for the former Baylor wide receiver, but how much exactly is uncertain. The absolute floor for Gordon's draft placement is probably the sixth round. But notable NFL newsmen Adam Schefter and Jason La Canfora have speculated that a second-round pick could be used.
In a report on CBSSports.com, La Canfora speculated that the Colts, Browns, Redskins, Dolphins, Panthers, Chiefs, Cowboys, Eagles, Saints and 49ers may be interested in Gordon. I ordered the teams that way because that is the order in which they can bid on Gordon based on round. If multiple teams bid the same round, a weighted lottery is performed. It's moderately confusing, but the great Daniel Jeremiah defines it perfectly here.
After the jump the guess work with some thoughts on each of the 10 teams La Canfora mentioned.
The Colts are in full rebuild mode and added four receiving targets in the draft this year (two wide receivers and two tight ends). They also put a flyer on Donnie Avery and brought back Reggie Wayne. But is that enough to offset the losses of Pierre Garcon, Dallas Clark and Anthony Gonzalez? In the Supplemental Draft this year, the Colts are the ultimate mystery team. Because of their dreadful record last season, they have the best chance of landing Gordon. But would General Manager Ryan Grigson make that big of a gamble this early in his career as the Colts' top personnel man?
The Browns need offensive playmakers, especially at wide receiver. Greg Little showed glimpses in his rookie season and the team added Travis Benjamin in the fourth round this year. But Josh Cribbs has been uneven as a receiver and Mohamed Massaquoi offers little hope as a consistent outside target. Few teams need Gordon more than the Browns and according to many reports, they may want him. As La Canfora notes, the Browns seem to have an aversion for Baylor players and should know Gordon quite well. They heavily scouted Phil Taylor two years ago and took him and were reportedly hot after both Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright this year. The rub is General Manager Tom Heckert. Few GMs covet draft picks more than Heckert and he may not be willing to risk a valuable future pick. Jeremiah thinks they will.
According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, Robert Griffin III is "longing for a reunion" with his former teammate. The Redskins have also never been averse to taking chances with draft picks, even in the Supplemental Draft. However, Washingon already has a developmental wide receiver in Leonard Hankerson and they added Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan in free agency.
Of every team La Canfora lists as interested, none is harder to peg than the Dolphins. The team does have an extra third-round pick next year due to the Brandon Marshall trade. That same trade, though, opened up the team to needing playmakers outside. But the Dolphins have also added three wide receivers to the roster already – Chad Ochocinco, Legedu Naanee and rookie B.J. Cunningham. Is the room for another? Gordon profiles much better playmaker in the future than any of the three. Don't be shocked if the Dolphins risk their third-round pick next year on Gordon if he's there. A second rounder, however, would be too much to give up.
The Panthers haven't been overly aggressive this offseason adding targets for quarterback Cam Newton. The team lost Legedu Naanee but drafted Joe Adams. Brandon LaFell may be emerging, though, and Steve Smith is still productive. The team also got average production out of David Gettis. Carolina has also moved a third-round pick next year, sending it to San Francisco. If Carolina wants Gordon, they'd probably have to use their second-round pick next year.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have have had an outstanding offseason but still face an uncertain future with franchise wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. If he leaves after the season, Gordon would be more apt to replace him than draft picks Devon Wylie and Junior Hemingway.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has never been averse to moving picks. He did so this year, moving up for cornerback Morris Claiborne. The Cowboys also need a third wide receiver after Laurent Robinson was lost to free agency. The Cowboys have minimal talent behind starters Miles Austin and Dez Bryant and relying on rookie Danny Coale or inconsistent Kevin Ogletree could be dangerous. The Cowboys may be players here, but they'll have to overdraft to get Gordon.
The Eagles likely made La Canfora's list because, well, the Eagles always seem to be in the middle of NFL news. Really, that's the only conceivable way to ascertain why the Eagles may be noted as "interested." The team already has Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. In the sixth round of this year's draft, the Eagles took Marvin McNutt, whose style is similar to Gordon's. The Eagles do have an undisclosed pick in 2013 coming from the Denver Broncos in exchange for Brodrick Bunkley.
New Orleans Saints
In an offseason full of unending controversy, would the Saints add more by exercising a coveted future pick on Gordon? The team added Nick Toon in the draft this year and lost Robert Meachem to free agency. Taking Gordon would indicate the team doesn't have a lot of faith in Devery Henderson or possibly the long-term health of Marques Colston. Don't forget, though, that the Saints already had to forfeit a second-round pick next year due to the bounty scandal. New Orleans
San Francisco 49ers
If a team could trade multiple picks in the Supplemental Draft, it may be San Francisco. The 49ers already have extra picks in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds next year. Based on where they're hoping to pick next year, it would be safe for San Francisco to move one of their own picks for Gordon. But if San Francisco wanted Gordon, they may not be able to wait until the third round. Chancing even a late first-round pick on a player who hasn't played since 2010 is quite the gamble. Add to it the 49ers already have loaded receiving group and they added rookie A.J. Jenkins and veteran Randy Moss this offseason.