The 35th annual NFL Supplemental Draft ended rather uneventfully this morning as the Cleveland Browns made the only selection. The Browns used a second round pick to select Baylor wideout Josh Gordon. According to dallascowboys.com, the Dallas Cowboys also had an interest in taking Gordon, but in the third round. UPDATE: The Cowboys’ bid for Gordon is believed to have been in the third round. However, the team had a second-round grade on the receiver, according to a source via dallascowboys.com.
Dallas’ consideration of Gordon has to raise major questions concerning their lack of depth at the wide receiver position. Many fans believe the Cowboys were satisfied in the young talent behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. That apparently doesn’t seem to be the case.
Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris, Raymond Radway, Danny Coale and Cole Beasley are all considered front-runners for the third wideout position. But today’s attempt at Gordon seems to suggest the Cowboys coaching staff isn’t exactly in love with any of them.
Last year’s performance by journeyman Laurent Robinson really skewed how we all look at that third receiver spot. His 54 receptions and 11 touchdowns seem more like a “fluke” now than anything else. Especially, when you consider Robinson had just 89 receptions and four touchdowns total in his previous four years in the league. To his credit, Robinson turned his one year of great production into a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars this off-season.
Now the big question in Big “D” is who will step up to take his place. My answer has always been it doesn’t matter. I see Robinson’s touches going to Bryant, Miles, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray. But someone has to fill that open slot. The battle royale for the third receiver spot appears to be “up for grabs” and the upcoming training camp will become their battlefield. May the best man win…at least until there is a better option available.