Richard Gordon, TE, Miami FL

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Richard Gordon, TE, Miami FL

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:03 pm

Miami FL Senior
40: 4.65


Has good pop off the snap and is able to get position as an inline blocker. Shows mean streak, and keeps working on the kick-out block to drive defender downfield. Shows decent hands, making the occasional snag out of the air in the flat.


Can't always stay locked on and finish his blocks. Needs to learn to use his hands better. Makes mental errors, drawing some penalties including personal foul or false start.


Gordon is a blocking specialist for Miami, that had his most extensive playing time as a senior where he started 7 games and caught 6 passes for 30 yards. The rest of his career, he only made 3 starts and caught another 4 passes for 32 yards. He missed almost all of the 2009 with a shoulder injury. They liked his athleticism enough that they used him briefly as a kickoff returner during his sophomore year, where he averaged 20.8 yards on 5 returns. He played some defensive tackle as a freshman.


Gordon has tools, that make him an intriguing option for an offense. He's got good speed and athleticism and will occasionally make a nice catch as a receiver. But the fact that he only caught 10 passes during his time at Miami doesn't bode well for him being used that much offensively at the next level. He might be a decent outlet option as a No. 2 guy, but his primary role in the pros will be as an inline blocker. You like his size and potential there, and he has the potential to be like a poor man's Brandon Manumaleuna if he can continue to develop there. He was an underachiever at Miami, so you can't be too optimistic about his potential to develop at the next level. He could be out of the league by his third summer, or he could have a nice long career as a role player and blocker.


Gordon has a chance to be a valuable No. 2 tight end for the Falcons. He can fill a role similar to what Peelle did. While he has good athleticism as a receiver, he probably doesn't have the natural and reliable hands that Peelle has. He's a guy that is a good enough blocker to come in and potentially land the No. 3 role as a rookie, although you're probably better off keeping him on the practice squad. Then if he shows the growth in his second and third years, he can carve out a niche as the No. 2 blocker behind whoever the starter is. He won't be much more than an afterthought as a receiver, but could make the occasional play on third down and in the redzone because of his solid athleticism to exploit mismatches when other players around him create them for him.


Gordon has enough talent as a blocker that some team could draft him in the sixth or seventh round purely for that role, but because of the character questions, you might want to wait and sign him as an undrafted free agent.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Hands: 2.5
Blocking: 3.5
Body Control: 2.5
Range: 2.0
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