Richard Gordon, welcome to the Oakland Raiders. The 2011 NFL Draft has just delivered its second player from the University of Miami to the Oakland Raiders. They took the the 6'4" and 266 pound TE with the 16th pick in the sixth-round. Gordon is considered a strong blocker, and get this—you are going to be shocked to hear this—he had a very good 40 time for his size. At Miami's Pro Day Gordon clocked in at 4.66 seconds in the 40.
Gordon was likely going to be an undrafted free agent until his impressive Pro Day. This caught the attention of several teams including the Raiders who visited with him at that point. Gordon finished his career at Miami with just 10 catches for 62 yards. He did show some of his athletic ability by adding 104 yards on five kickoff returns. Gordon is raw in the passing game, and he is converted former basketball player. There is not a ton of scouting info on Gordon, but I will post what I can find after the jump.
Overall, if Gordon is a pro ready blocker, as the little info I have found suggests, this is a solid pick. Someone needed to take Khalif "look what I caught" Barnes' spot in jumbo sets. And Gordon brings the potential to develop with that in the passing game.
This comes to us via SidelineScouting.com
Positives: Athletic... Average size... Deceptive speed... Can get separation... Can make catches in traffic... Good body control and balance... Adjusts to the ball well... Good hands... Has been uses primarily as an extension of the offensive line... Very solid in-line blocker... Solid knee bender... Adequate strength, can control defenders at the point of attack... Can generate solid power... Very good contact balance... Very solid down-field blocker... Can get to the second level, can seal linebackers from the action... Has some special teams experience... Versatile, has also played on the defensive line and returned kickoffs... Mature, has handled his role at Miami well.
Negatives: Does not look like a natural route runner, will tip his breaks and round off some routes... Receiving skills are still a big question mark... Has just ten career receptions... Is rarely thrown to... Sometimes just flashes his talent... Didn't take advantage of playing time, never lived up to his potential out of high school... Missed all but the 2009 season opener with a left arm injury, received a medical hardship to come back in 2010, is an older prospect, high school class of 2005... Still raw, a big time boom or bust type prospect.