With such a short turnover from Supplemental Draft entries to the actual live auction draft itself (on July 12th), it's not easy for scouts in both the NFL as well as non-NFL scouts to get the necessary information to make an informed opinion on a prospect.
Our scouting report on Josh Gordon
features his background information as best we can gather from the
internet, as well as all of his scouting notes on the film I've seen.
However, I dove deeper into his background, speaking to people at Utah
and Baylor about his character and ability to adapt to the NFL as a
I spoke with someone at Utah in the Athletic Communications Department.
Here's what they said on Josh Gordon:
"It wasn't the right situation for Josh so we parted ways."
That's it. Not anything special, but it still left some concerning
issues. What made it not the right situation for JOSH? And the "we" in
the parted ways leads me to believe it wasn't just Josh leaving the
program: they wanted him out. Just trying to get as much out of the
minimal information I can.
However, someone in close to the Baylor football program was much more
helpful. Keep in mind that these comments are made without bias. The
person does not still have contact with Gordon, and Gordon was
dismissed from Baylor University. Gordon has little to zero connection
to Baylor as of now outside of still keeping in touch with some coaches.
"I'll tell you what I've been telling the NFL: Josh is a great kid,
super talent, just bad decisions. All the coaches here liked him."
"He was arrested in October 2010, and suspended for 4 quarters, spread
out over a couple of games I believe, but then failed a Baylor drug
test late last spring. The Baylor administration kicked him out of
school for the failed drug test, but Coach Briles went to bat for him
with the 'higher ups', trying to let him stay. Coaches were
disappointed about his leaving."
"Nobody thought he had a problem. It's not like he showed up to
meetings or practice high or anything like that. I think he just got
around with the wrong people not associated with the football team that
persuaded his bad decisions."
"I'm not aware of any concerns the staff had for him coming out of high
school, as his arrest in October of 2010 was his first incident.
"It seemed he got along with everyone on the team and I can't think of
any point where he was in confrontation on field or off. If football is
all he has to focus on, then he'll thrive because he knows this is his
last chance. I've gotten a lot of calls from NFL scouts about him, so I
know there's interest."
The fact that this same person has been the main voice for Josh
Gordon's time at Baylor for NFL scouts should be noted. This glowing
report of Gordon shows that he's not the major character risk that he
has been portrayed as, at least during his time with Baylor. Coaches,
the people who knew him best, didn't want a mistake mean he had to move
I'm unsure what happened at Utah still (hopefully, another update
coming), but this report from this Baylor highly creditable source
speaks that, if he's with the right crowd at the next level, he should
be a fine NFL teammate and player. And as you can read from the report,
he's a 2nd round talent in my book.
Eric Galko is a contributing NFL scout for Patriots Insider and
Eric Galko is the Owner, Director
of Scouting of Optimum
Scouting and lead editor for OptimumScouting.com. He
has been scouting college football for eight
years, and for pro teams and other sports professionals for the last
four years. Eric is also a member of the
Scout's Take: Insider Look At Josh Gordon
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