As we hear more and more about how many teams are interested in former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon and how high can go in Thursday’s supplemental NFL draft, it’s important to remember the guiding principle of April’s regular NFL draft.
Teams routinely are full of something other than chocolate.
During the regular draft, teams tend to say good things about players they don’t like and bad things about players they do. So with such a groundswell of good things being said about Gordon, it’s hard not to wonder whether some teams are hoping that someone will use too high of a supplemental pick on Gordon.
The benefit comes not just from having a competitor urinate away a pick they could have used next April on a better prospect. Having a team give up, say, a second-round selection means that there will be one less selection in round two next season, pushing players a given team may covet even farther down the board.
None of this means Gordon isn’t worthy of being taken in round two when it’s time for teams to decide when/if to sacrifice a corresponding 2013 draft pick for Gordon. It only means that some of the teams who are talking him up may be doing so in order to ensure that someone takes him higher than he otherwise should go.