The Miami Dolphins are just 2.5 weeks away from getting back on the football field….and honestly, it can’t get here soon enough! When the Dolphins return to the practice field, there is a chance they could have just one more receiver in the mix. On Thursday, the NFL will hold it’s supplemental draft. For those of you unfamiliar with the supplemental draft, it is comprised of collegiate players that were ineligible for April’s draft. Usually, this is made up of players that were transfers or had legal issues that prevented them from taking part of the April Draft.
So what does this have to do with the Dolphins? Well, according to minicamp reports, the Dolphins receivers were underwhelming AND there happens to be a wide receiver that could help the Dolphins. Wide receiver, Josh Gordon will be available in the supplemental draft. Gordon is a 6-4, 220 lbs wideout who scouts think would have been a 2nd or 3rd round pick. During Robert Griffin III’s sophomore year at Baylor, Gordon was one of his favorite targets, racking up over 700 yards and 7 TDs. Gordon is expected to run in the 4.4 range at his Pro-Day tomorrow in Houston. He was arrested in 2011 for marijuana possession and subsequently transferred to Utah. He sat out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
I’m sure the Dolphins have scouted this kid and they certainly know better than any of us, how good the talent pool is in their locker room. At this point though, the only receivers that seem like ‘locks’ for the roster are Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Legadu Naanee, and most likely, Chad Ochocinco. That leaves 1-2 spots on the roster for these receivers to compete for: Clyde Gates, Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, Julius Pruitt, Jeff Fuller, Rishard Matthews, and BJ Cunningham. That is a lot of inexperience, but also not a lot of high end talent (at least on the surface). Clyde Gates is the highest drafted receiver of that group, going last year in the 4th round.
Adding Gordon might be a wise move, but only if he can keep his nose clean and can play to the potential he showed, early in his college career. Experts believe that Gordon will go for about a 3rd round pick. The way the supplemental draft works is that each team puts in a ‘bid’ for a player if they want him. So the Dolphins could submit a 3rd round pick for him and if no other team has a higher submission, the Dolphins would get Gordon and would sacrifice their 3rd round pick in the 2013 draft. I’m not advocating giving up a 3rd rounder, BUT the Dolphins do have 2 third rounders next year, thanks to the Brandon Marshall trade. Ultimately, it will depend on whether or not the Dolphins have a high enough grade on Gordon to justify using a draft pick from 2013.