Washington football has a log jam of talent in the secondary, but it’s tough to keep an insanely talented player like Gordon on the sidelines
Washington football is producing a lot of high caliber NFL defensive backs, and Kyler Gordon might be the most talented player in the room, which is definitely saying something considering the high profile talent in the room like Keith Taylor and returning All Pac-12 honorees Myles Bryant and Elijah Molden.
Gordon might be the most gifted athlete on the team as well, he finished in the top three in every part of the Husky Combine except the 40-yard dash. Gordon won the vertical jump over tight end Jacob Kizer by four inches, with a 42.5 inch vert. He also finished second in the three-cone and pro agility drills, with times of 6.52 and 3.87 seconds respectively, and Gordon finished third in the broad jump with a 10’5″ leap.
The Huskies are in the middle of a huge transition, losing four starters to the NFL, and they might be one of the few teams in the country that can actually afford to go through that kind of transition. And no matter what position it is, Gordon needs to get on the field. If it means moving Bryant to safety to put Gordon in the nickel, so be it.
Personally, I think Gordon is the rarest type of talent, because he can hold his own at any spot on the field, whether it be cornerback, nickelback, or safety. The Huskies are in a bit of a bind because of all the other talent they have around him, and that’s without mentioning the fellow members of Gordon’s 2018 signing class, Julius Irvin and Dominique Hampton, and Bryant has told me all three of them have “first-round talent.” Don’t forget the freshmen, Trent McDuffie and early enrollee Cam Williams, who made a huge impact during the spring, will definitely be competing for playing time as well.
No matter how they do it, Gordon needs to play this year. He’ll probably be utilized best as a nickelback this year with Myles Bryant moving back to safety, but that might depend on the health of Irvin, and how everyone performs over the summer. We might end up seeing Gordon as the dime back to start the year.
He’s definitely ready to play cornerback, but Molden and Taylor are as well, but what matters is getting the best players on the field, and Gordon is arguably the best player in the defensive backs group, and he’s ready to rock.