BIO: Multipurpose player awarded All-Conference honors at cornerback and special teams last season. Defensive numbers included 21.5/2/3 with a 9.7 average on 41 punt returns. Also lined up at receiver and totaled 34/313/2. All-America and All-Conference selection as a sophomore when his defensive numbers included 57/7/8.
POSITIVES: Explosive athlete who impacts the game in a variety of ways. Quickly diagnoses the action at cornerback, works well with safeties and immediately breaks to the throw. Displays footwork pedaling in reverse, loses nothing in transition and has opposing quarterbacks throwing away from him. Reads receivers. eyes then quickly makes a play on the ball. Soft-handed receiver continually making the difficult reception down the field with defenders draped on him.
NEGATIVES: Lacks top-end speed and not winning foot races. Has trouble battling big receivers.
ANALYSIS: A tremendous athlete who contributes in all phases of the game, Gordon is a playmaker every time he steps on the field. The greatest value is his potential as a shutdown cornerback, yet the versatility to break games open as a return specialist is indispensable.