Patriots Insider has confirmed that one more draft prospect scheduled to visit with the Patriots this week is another hybrid - a player who can play more than one position.
Charles Gordon, a former Kansas wide receiver / kick returner / defensive back has been making stops with his agent as part of the pre draft process. His agent confirmed to Patriots Insider that Gordon would meet with New England this week as part of their scheduled tour of NFL teams.
The versatile Gordon is ranked as the seventh best corner back in the draft, earning a four star rating by Scout.com (link).
Gordon is garnering a wide range of interest across the league. According to TFY Draft Preview, franchises are grading him anywhere from an early second round choice all the way to a late second day. Besides the New England Patriots another team showing a good deal of interest in the Kansas All American is the San Francisco 49ers. TFY reports that the Niners are giving serious consideration to using their pick in round two on Gordon then using him at cornerback, wide receiver and as a return specialist.
The Patriots could use another versatile receiver /defensive back / punt returner. Currently they have used veteran Troy Brown in that role the last two seasons. Headed into his 14th season, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Brown will likely return for just one more season. Gordon could fill Brown's shoes nicely should the Patriots elect to target the former Jayhawk.
|Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Oklahoma Sooners sprints to the outside against defensive back Charles Gordon #3 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the third quarter on October 23, 2004 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Peterson passes 1000 yards rushing in his seventh game as a true freshman in the Sooners' 41-10 win. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)|
In his Junior season (2005), Gordon, a native of Carson, Calif., led the team and finished fourth in the Big 12 with an average of 10.3 yards per punt return. He was named All-Big 12 Second-Team as a defensive back and All-Big 12 Third-Team as a wide receiver. On defense, Gordon finished the regular-season with 28 total tackles and a pair of interceptions. Offensively, he finished third on the team with 28 receptions and was second on the club with two touchdown catches.
In his sophomore season (2004), Gordon was an AP third-team All-America selection as a defensive back in 2004 when he led the Big 12 conference in interceptions with seven. He was a national co-leader for the same category. His play on defense also brought him first-team All-Big 12 honors (AP, coaches) honorable mention selection as an all-purpose player by the AP. Gordon's versatility on offense as a receiver earned him honorable mention All-Big 12 honors among coaches
In his freshman season (2003), Gordon saw playing time as a wide receiver, cornerback and punt returner. Again, he earned accolades for her performance on the field in more than one area. He received third-team All-Big 12 honors as a return man by the Big 12 coaches, as well as First-team Freshman All-American wide receiver and First Team All American kick returner His receiving performance of 57 receptions for 769 yards set Kansas freshman records.
New England has visited with a number of defensive back draft prospects already. Gordon's versatility exceeds most of the other prospects the team has been looking at. Patriots Insider also reported earlier that the scouting staff have spent time with Stanford's T.J. Rushing,(Targeting a "Burner") another player considered to fit the versatile mold New England is known to be so fond of.
Patriots Insider will bring you more on Gordon in the near future. In the meantime be sure to check his profile for recent articles and more background on this exciting draft prospect. Don't forget to visit the archives for more draft coverage you may have missed.
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