No. 43 - Dillon Gordon

All summer long TSD will unveil our top 50 LSU players for the 2013 season. TSD's Ben Love, Austin Cooper and Hunter Paniagua combined to make the list. Today the countdown roles to No. 44, sophomore tight end Dillon Gordon.

Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.

No. 43 – TE Dillon Gordon

The No. 43 player on TSD's top 50 list of Tigers for 2013 is a player coming off a very nice spring. Gordon, the second of three tight ends in our rankings (Travis Dickson came in at No. 46), improved his stock to the point where he left spring as the starter. The former John Curtis standout on the gridiron and hardwood is the best combination of run blocker and pass catcher currently on the Tigers' roster.

That versatility, which makes the offense less predictable by personnel, is something new coordinator Cam Cameron appreciates. At 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, this sophomore isn't the fleetest of foot, but with his basketball background Gordon knows how to position his body and come down with a jump ball. He's also the biggest tight end on the roster, some 27 pounds heavier than junior transfer Logan Stokes, so he's more than capable moving defenders around as a blocker. Expect Gordon to see plenty of the field in 2013.

By The Numbers

Gordon's highest ranking: 35th
Gordon's lowest ranking: Not Ranked

Why this ranking is too high

Gordon hasn't caught a single pass in his one year in purple and gold. He has seen very limited playing time in the LSU offense in general, playing primarily in goal-line sets and on the field goal team during his first season on campus in 2012. So this fall will see him in unchartered waters. There's also a lot of competition at tight end for Gordon, including Stokes, Dickson and incoming pass-catcher Desean Smith.

Why this ranking is too low

Even though there are a number of options at tight end who will compete with Gordon, he is far and away the biggest and most physical. Now that LSU is no longer playing with Chase Clement, Les Miles and Cam Cameron are almost certain to employ a lot of Gordon. He fits the role of sixth offensive lineman to a tee when LSU goes into power mode, but Gordon is an even better option in the passing game than Clement.

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