Originally posted by kem99:
Lol...Exactly when did Josh Gordon become the next Jerry Rice/Calvin Johnson? I know the 49er WR2 has been terrible this year, but, Gordon is not the savior, once in a generation talent, he's being made out to be.
First, yes, the 49ers will have opportunities to draft a WR with his talent. Gordon, after all, was a 2nd round pick in the Supplemental Draft.
Second, yes, it would adversely affect the 49ers draft if it cost a 2nd round pick or a 2nd and something else since both 2nds are going to be in the lower half of the draft. Not affecting their draft would be a 6th or 7th round pick. And, it certainly would affect the draft if the 49ers gave up a 2nd round pick, Gordon failed to make a difference because he joined the team late and then ended up violating the league substance abuse policy again and is out for a year.
Third, when was the last time a WR was traded at or near the trade deadline that ended up having a significant impact for a playoff team? RB is considered an easier position to integrate into an offense and Trent Richardson is still struggling to get going with the Colts weeks after they acquired him and is sharing time with Donald Brown even after A. Bradshaw got hurt. What would make you think Gordon could just come in, pick up the system, develop a rapport with Kaep, etc. on the fly and be a true impact player for the balance of the season while the 49ers are also integrating Manningham and Crabtree as well? Granted, it wouldn't take much to be better that Williams/Baldwin/Moore but that doesn't mean Gordon would be a true difference maker.
To address you first point trading away a 2nd round pick isn't exactly giving up a king's ransom for a guy. I think most people in the trade for Gordon camp would at most trade a 2nd and a player or lower round pick for him.
Secondly he was only a 2nd round supplemental pick because of his baggage. He's not once in a generation kind of talent but he does have top tier talent for the position and would likely be a top 10 pick if he was clean. Recievers with top tier talent only slide if they have baggage like Moss and Dez and they really slide that far so the only way we get a guy with that talent is taking a guy with baggage or we draft in the top 10.
And lastly while we might not get full impact from this move this season he is still under contract until 2016 so it could have a huge payoff in 2014 and beyond.
Next season we're looking Crabtree, Baldwin, and Patton under contract so if it comes down using a 1st or 2nd round pick on drafting a WR or trading a 2nd rounder for Gordon I would much rather take my chances on trading for Gordon especially considering our recent track record when it comes to drafting the position.