As the topic suggested you’d be using Hooker to sweeten a deal, so you’d be giving up a pick as well. For example, you might offer our 2nd pick in the 2nd round and Hooker to move from 13 to 3. Detroit traded Diggs and could use another FS. Hooker will be going into his 4th year and you still have his 5th year option.
From the tape I've watched, Gordon's quick release and speed in reading the field have nothing to do with his consistently clean pocket. His pocket being that clean actually seemed to be a bit of a detriment to him, as he tended to stand up straight and flat-footed, getting completely lazy with his footwork.
I would agree, however I would also say because he is promising it is frustrating that he didn't get starts when the team was no longer in contention. Only reason I can see for doing that is they didn't want to undermine JB for next year.
But if that's the issue doesn't saying that JB is not necessarily the starter for next year sort of do the same thing. Not that anyone would have asked but if Ballard had been asked if Luck was the starter for next year he would have gave a firm yes.