2020 NFL Draft: Washington State QB Anthony Gordon mid-round value

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Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon stands out as a potential value selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 2020 NFL draft class is loaded with interesting prospects at the quarterback position. Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa lead the way as likely top three picks, with Justin Herbert also likely in the early first-round conversation. Guys like Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts, Jake Fromm and Jordan Love also have first-round potential and obvious NFL ability.

When it comes to the next group, Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon stands out as an interesting potential mid-round flyer. Gordon has finally gotten his opportunity to shine for Washington State this season and he is making the most out of chance.

Through nine games this season, Gordon is completing 71 percent of his passes for 3,794 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He leads the NCAA in pass completions, pass attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns. None of this is much of a surprise in Mike Leach’s wide-open offensive attack, but Gordon has done a great job of running this offense and consistently putting up points.

Gordon’s natural arm strength immediately stands out on tape. He has more than enough arm talent to hit the deep ball and fits passes in tight spaces nicely with velocity. Simply put, Gordon has a big arm and will be able to hit any throw at the next level.

His accuracy is not perfect, but Gordon does show good ball placement at all levels, hitting his receivers in stride with consistency. The Washington State offense provides nice throwing lanes for Gordon, but he has done a great job of making the most out of them this season. The scheme has plenty to do with his success, but do not sleep on Gordon’s talent. He has made the most out of his golden opportunity this season.

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I highly doubt that there is anything Gordon can do to put himself in the first-round conversation for the 2020 NFL Draft. Even the second round feels like a bit of a stretch. That being said, Gordon is clearly a talented player who could have a bright future at the next level. Quarterback needy teams will have an eye on him and he could be a fantastic mid-round value selection come next April.