While owner Colts Jim Irsay continues to burn bridges with his fanbase, his front office is doing its best to move forward with the task of rebuilding what once was mostly an old, slow, untalented, and oft-injured roster. Working with severe salary restrictions due to dead cap money, G.M. Ryan Grigson has had to do a bit of hustling in this his first offseason with the Colts.
Thus, options like the Supplemental Draft (an event seemingly all but ignored by the previous regime) are now viable resources for talent.
The one player that everyone is hyping, and who will be part of the 2012 Supplemental Draft, is Baylor WR Josh Gordon. Gordon is big (6'3, 220 lbs) and, according to his timed speed at the Pro Day held yesterday, fast. Gordon clocked a 4.52 40, and as PFT's Evan Silva correctly noted, that is damn fast for a 220 pound dude.
Gordon is speed and size that cannot be ignored, regardless of his past transgressions. Thus, the hype.
That speed and size combo is also a likely reason why the Colts were in attendance at Gordon's Pro Day, per Adam Caplan.
Also present wer ethe Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins. The Redskins drafted Gordon's old QB from his days at Baylor (before Gordon was kicked off the team): Robert Griffin III.
Speaking of RG3, our Redskins blogger Kevin Ewoldt got a chance to chat with him. Check it out if you are interested.
Back to Gordon, Rob Rang of CBS Sports reported yesterday that the former Baylor WR injured his right thigh during the workout. Despite this injury, many are not expected Gordon to last past the third round. This means that if the Colts want to take a chance on Gordon, they will likely need to forfeit a third round pick in next year's draft.
For a team not expected to be all that good this year, that is a steep price, especially considering that the Colts are working to wrestle Mike Jenkins from the Cowboys. If they give up a third for Gordon, and then surrender a 2nd rounder next year for Jenkins, the Colts aren't going to have many picks left for 2013.
Gordon is an interesting talent, and I think he warrants a 5th rounder or later. Anything earlier is too much for this team.
The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled for tomorrow, July 12th.