By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 1:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Miami tight end Richard Gordon is Oakland’s sixth round pick, No. 181 overall.
Gordon visited the Raiders, according to the National Football Post, has started just 10 games in his Miami career and has a history of shoulder injuries but has a fastest time of 4.66 in the 40-yard dash and a track background in high school.
He caught 10 passes for 60 yards and has returned a punt and a few kickoffs.
The following is a report by Sporting News analyst Russ Lande:
Gordon is a four-year player & first-year starter at TE for the Hurricanes in 2010. He also contributes some on special teams. He has good size & arm length with some definite growth potential to develop for the position at the next level. He is a very good overall athlete with good speed, quickness, & agility in his play. He generally aligns as a blocker in their unbalanced formation. He is more involved in their run game, than in their pass game. He is a good position & sustain run blocker along the LOS. He shows flashes of being an
excellent finisher to the whistle. He is equally effective on the play side, as he is on the backside. He also does a good job of sustaining his blocks on the perimeter & at the 2nd level. As a receiver, he shows good quickness in his release, body control & balance in his routes, & separation quickness from M/M coverage by a LB. He has inconsistent hands & concentration with very little career production. He is primarily an outlet & underneath option, although they will try to hit him down the seam on occasion with little effectiveness.
He does not possess great elusiveness in his RAC ability. Overall, he merits strong 5th round draft consideration as a developmental #3 TE & special teams player. He has the ability to become a solid #2 TE with time, but lacks the physical & athletic upside to ever develop into a quality starting player at the NFL level. He reminds me most of former Spartan Kellen Davis [5th round-#158-CHI].