The long awaited Pro Day of this year’s Supplemental Draft top prospect, Josh Gordon, came and went today at the Houston Texans facility. Gordon faced a lot of pressure at this Pro Day. Over 20 teams were in attendence to see his workout. Remember, he had no 2011 season, no Combine, no All-Star, and overall very little to go off of besides 2010 film and sparingly appearing in Utah practices. But Gordon failed to disappoint.
Workout Numbers, according to Adam Caplan of SidelineView.com:
6’3, 224 pounds
4.52 forty yard dash
36 inch vertical leap
10’1 foot broad jump
13 reps on the bench press
While he didn’t run in the 4.4s like ESPN’s Adam Schefter predicted, his forty time should be no worry. He hasn’t been able to get the proper 40 time training as others that attend the Combine each year. He’s likely a 4.4 guy with more training. Also, keep in mind that he doesn’t have to be 4.4 level speed to be an outside recevier in the NFL, which he can certainly be for his 6’3 size.
Among players 6’2 or taller at the NFL Combine, only 5 ran a faster forty yard dash: Michael Floyd (4.47), Stephen Hill (4.36), Tommy Streeter (4.40), Derek Moye (4.48), and Marvin McNutt (4.50). Also note that this is based on just one reported hand time, not a mix of six hand/electronic times. His vertical jump put him at 10th among NFL Combine participates, but still higher than Streeter, Rueben Randle and Brian Quick.
Two highly touted second round picks had the following numbers:
Rueben Randle: 6’3, 210, 4.55 forty, 31 vert, 10’1 broad, 15 bench reps,
Brian Quick: 6’3, 220, 4.55 forty, 34 vert, 9’11 broad, 15 bench reps
Along wiith that, Gordon was able to finish all routes during his workout despite pulling his left quadriceps. And Adam Caplan again reports that Gordon did not drop a pass in any of the drills.
This is just another piece to the Josh Gordon puzzle. I had expected a better vertical leap to be honest, but I don’t think it’s all that concerning based on his jump ball ability on film. His size and generally sensable numbers mean he seems in shape, which is a big plus for Gordon. Keep in mind that ALL of these numbers would be better if he had proper Combine workout coaching other prospects that have a full draft season to work get.
Gordon is a fantastic athlete, NFL teams already knew that coming in. This workout, which is a very solid one all things considered, likely won’t stop teams from using a 3rd or even a 2nd round pick on the raw talent. While he may have a ways to go as a route runner (though teams might have been encouraged based on the routes he ran at the Pro Day today), it seems clear the hands, size, athleticism, and raw talent are all there, ripe for the development.