The NFL held their 2012 Supplemental College Draft today. The main attraction was former Baylor WR Josh Gordon who, as you may know, was dismissed from the team in August 2010 for marijuana use. He transferred to Utah but never played there, opting to enroll in the Supplemental Draft and turn pro instead.
The Browns won the rights to Gordon today by using a 2nd round draft pick on him. The Browns were drafting #2 in each round (Buffalo had the #1 pick). Since no other team placed a higher claim than the Browns, he was awarded to us.
I LOVE the move. Many experts saw him as a 1st round pick in 2013; quite possibly a top 10 pick next year. The chances seem very good that the Browns will be picking in the top 10 next year, so the move today means we got a top WR and held on to our #1 pick at the same time. Nice move by GM Tom Heckert.
I must admit I was surprised at the team’s aggressiveness here. The fans have become used to the Browns trading down to get more picks. And there are other teams in the NFL that typically overspend when a pick is available (Raiders anyone? Remember their move to select QB Terrelle Pryor in 2011?).
Gordon is 6′ 3 1/8″ and 224 pounds. He has a 36″ vertical leap. And he ran a faster 40 yard dash than anyone his size in last year’s Combine. He’s been compared to WR Julio Jones, but with better hands. Wow. I’ll take that any day of the week.
If you put any credibility on the Wonderlic Test administered to all NFL Rookies prior to being drafted, Gordon scored a 24 out of 50. That is considered very good for a Quarter Back.
If you are worried about his off-the-field issues, I would say we should consider two points. First, he seems to have learned from his mistake and seemed very genuine in discussing it this week with NFL teams and reporters. So hopefully he’s learned his lesson. Second, isn’t it time the Browns focused a little more on guys that can play and less on their resume of Boy Scout of the Year? I’d rather see some wins on the field.
The Browns just drafted a guy who may very well be their #1 receiver of the future and kept their top pick for next year’s draft, when they should be able to select another guy at a position of need. It’s kinda nice to say that WR won’t be the greatest position of need.
Lastly, another reason to hope that he is the real deal is that this would break a two decade long string of Wide Receivers drafted by the Browns in the 2nd round that were flops. Remember these guys? Patrick Rowe, Kevin Johnson, Dennis Northcutt, Quincy Morgan, Andre’ Davis, Brian Robiskie, Mohamed Massaquoi.
An offense with BW3, T-Rich, Gordon, Little, Thomas/Mack/Schwartz? Things are starting to look up in Berea.