Possesses only average change of directions skills for the linebacker spot, but isn't fluid or rangy enough to be trusted in the secondary. Takes too long to get out of his transition and turn and run, and isn't instinctive enough in any area of the game to get the consistent early jumps needed to play in the secondary.
Impression: A decent athlete, but just doesn't seem to have a position at the next level. Isn't physical enough for the linebacker spot or rangy enough to play in the secondary."
Positive: Hard-working, competitive linebacker with a terrific head for the game. Diagnoses plays, quickly recognizes assignments, and remains disciplined. Breaks down well, gets depth on pass drops, and collapses from the outside to defend the run. Fluid moving in every direction of the field. Takes on blockers and uses his hands to protect himself.
Negative: Lacks classic linebacker size. Not a great pursuit linebacker.
Analysis: Gordon was a tremendous linebacker on the college level and possesses the intensity as well as intelligence to overcome his lack of size. He can be a solid fit as a backup outside linebacker in a conventional defense and comes with a special teams mentality."