Birthday: July 18, 1984
Charles Gordon is not to be confused with Charles Grodin, star of all those dog movies (Beethoven, Clifford). Nor is Charles "Slash" Gordon to be confused with another "Slash", that being the one-time Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart. No, this Gordon is his own man show, and he is ready to be unleashed onto an NFL field.
Gordon’s nickname is a tribute to his multi-dimensional football ability. Kansas asked him to be a cornerback, and he he nabbed seven picks in his only full season at the position. Then his coaches ask him to play receiver at the midpoint of the 2005 season, and he went on to lead the team in receptions the rest of the way. Oh, and Gordon ain’t too shabby returning punts, either.
So obvioulsy the Slash nickname is appropriate (did I mention he is also a decent collegiate baseball player?), but it underscores Gordon’s instinctive feel for the game. His skills as a receiver translate into his big play ability as a cornerback, and they help him react quickly to what an offense is doing. Gordon may not clock the fastest forty, but it would be a mistake to underestimate his quickness. He breaks to the ball, recovering like as well as any of the other elite top prospects.
Gordon’s multidimensional ability is the big show at the college level, but it is probably little more than a side show at the NFL level. He is too small to be considered a top receiving prospect, and while he is accomplished as a punt returner at Kansas (Gordon is the career leader for the Jayhawks), he does not seem to have the same electric quality of the star returners in the NFL.
Gordon’s size seems to impact his physicality, something that could be exploited as a pro. Not playing corner full time has also likely stunted his development at the position, as he can be fooled deep by a good play action fake. Still, Gordon’s unique athletic ability and instincts for the game make him a top prospect in the draft.
(profile written by Keith Weiland)
Charles Gordon’s 2004 Stats G TCK PBU INT FF FR 11 57 8 7 1 1 Charles Gordon Home