How much does Jerry Jones really believe in his cast of no-name candidates to be the Cowboys’ third receiver?
We could get an answer Thursday, when former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon headlines this year’s supplemental draft.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon is a physical specimen with 4.4 40 speed. One NFL scout told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he believes Gordon, who was Baylor’s No. 1 receiver in 2010 over Titans first-round pick Kendall Wright, could go as high as the second round.
It's at least an intriguing thought to envision Gordon lining up along with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant in a three-receiver package. There might not be a receiver trio in the NFL that has that blend of size and explosiveness.
However, Gordon comes with character risks. He left Baylor last summer after being indefinitely suspended following an arrest for marijuana possession in a Taco Bell drive-through. He transferred to Utah but never played for the Utes, entering the supplemental draft due to financial reasons.
But Gordon could fill what appears to be a glaring need for the Cowboys. Other than the starters, Kevin Ogletree is the only receiver on the roster with an NFL reception, and he failed when given the third receiver role at the beginning of last season. The Cowboys' front office and coaches insist they’re convinced that someone from the crop of Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris, Danny Coale, etc. will claim that role and perform well, but there were no polygraphs present when those statements for made.
We could find out Thursday if the Cowboys were telling the truth about their comfort level with the receiver depth. That is, unless another team bids a higher pick for Gordon.