Dillon Gordon didn’t get selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, but the 322-pound tight end did get a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent. Still, if it were up to Gordon, he’d be at LSU for the 2016 season.
Just days before the draft, Gordon was told by the NCAA that his request for a fifth year of eligibility with the Tigers had been denied, despite the tight end missing the majority of his senior year due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
“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 primarily played as a blocking tight end for the Tigers and helped pave the way for Leonard Fournette. As a senior, he suffered an Achilles injury in the second game of the season against Auburn and attempted to come back a month later against Florida, but fully tore the tendon and missed the remainder of the year.
If the NCAA hadn’t counted LSU’s game against McNeese State, Gordon likely would’ve received another year of eligibility. The game was ruled a no-contest after each team played one offensive drive before lightning forced a cancellation.
“They counted the first game, the McNeese game and to them that makes the Florida game the seventh game,” Gordon told Dellenger. “LSU was trying to appeal that they shouldn’t have counted that (McNeese) game which would make the Florida game the sixth game, which would make me eligible.”
Instead, Gordon was given less than a week to impress NFL scouts and held an impromptu pro day at LSU in the last week before the draft. It was enough to impress the Eagles, who will try Gordon at tight end, but will also teach him how to play on the offensive line where they hope he’ll eventually stick.