18 Sep 2020

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Scouting Report: QB Anthony Gordon

Washington State QB Anthony Gordon

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 29: Washington State Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon (18) drops back for a pass in the first quarter of the 112th Apple Cup between the Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars on Friday, November 29, 2019 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Height: 6-3 Weight: 210

Anthony Gordon is another interesting product to come out of Washington State’s Air Raid system. He started his collegiate career at the City College of San Francisco before transferring to Washington State University in 2016, redshirting that same year and serving as a backup until 2019.

2019: 6-6 record, 71.9%, 5228 yards, 8.1 Y/A, 45 TD, 16 INT.


  • Good height.
  • Throws ball away instead of forcing bad balls.
  • Manipulates throwing angle.
  • Puts ball where only receivers can get it on deep throws.
  • Mobile when he needs to be.
  • Good anticipation.
  • Great deep ball placement.
  • Quick release.
  • Maneuvers pocket well.
  • Good upper-body torque.
  • Stands tall in the pocket.
  • Leadership.


  • One year as a starter.
  • Small frame.
  • Often misses linebackers lurking underneath.
  • Unconventional mechanics: strange footwork, sidesteps on dropbacks, flat-footed in the pocket.
  • Not experienced under center or in formations other than shotgun.
  • Will hold onto ball too long.
  • Misses backside pressure.
  • Rogue in the pocket.
  • Doesn’t overcome adversity and come back from behind in ball games.
  • Needs to improve touch on deeper throws.
  • Interceptions often come from bad reads or underthrown balls.


Gordon— like his fellow Washington State counterpart Gardner Minshew— could very well end up as a sleeper pick in the draft when all is said and done. Gordon has several strong qualities to succeed in the NFL. He could improve as a passer with a more stable and consistent base to throw from but his decision-making and interceptions are what has Gordon as a day 3 draft pick right now.

Gordon will be taking part in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on January 25, 2020.

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