Former LSU tight end Dillon Gordon was always more of a threat in the running game than the passing attack in his four seasons with the Tigers. Gordon, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, won’t have to worry about catching passes at all if he makes the team’s roster.
That’s because Gordon — who caught just seven career passes at LSU — has switched positions to offensive guard. Gordon began rookie camp with the Eagles as a tight end, but the move to guard likely gives him a better chance to make the roster.
The 6-foot-5, 322-pound Louisiana native had a tumultuous final season in Baton Rouge. He sustained an Achilles injury in Week 3 and missed the majority of the season after an unsuccessful return in Week 7. Then, Gordon was stabbed during an altercation at a bar in January. He attempted to get an NCAA waiver to return for a fifth season of eligibility but was denied and declared for the NFL draft in April.
“I was very disappointed,” Gordon told Ross Dellenger of The Baton Rouge Advocate. “From talking to everybody at LSU they felt strongly I was going to get my year back, and it was just going to take some time for the NCAA to go through the process. It was really a game changer when they told me no. I really thought I was coming back to school for another year.”
Gordon had just one week to prepare for LSU’s Pro Day, where the Eagles saw enough to ink him to a free agent contract. Now, he will try to make it in the NFL as an offensive lineman.