When former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon only visited with the Cleveland Browns, it was suspected that the team would try to select him in Thursday’s supplemental draft. And, much to the joy of fans, the team did just that, selecting Gordon in the second round. The Browns’ corresponding second-round pick will now be surrendered in the 2013 draft.
At 6-4, 224 pounds, Gordon is already the most physically imposing receiver on the Browns’ roster and, according to general manager Tom Heckert, will be asked to get in the mix right away.
A lot of teams were interested in Gordon, despite him being dismissed from Baylor due to a failed marijuana test in 2010, and not playing at all in 2011. But the Browns – and teams like Dallas, Washington and Miami – saw plenty of upside in Gordon. After all, in his one year of college football, he caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns.
Keep in mind, though, that not every player who sits out for an entire season is as productive as Greg Little was last year. Gordon is still very much a raw prospect and the world can’t be expected of him right away. But if he develops in the way the Browns hope, Gordon and Little could form an intriguing combination on the field.