Browns Get Josh Gordon in 2012 Supplemental Draft
Ex-Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon has found a home after the 2012 supplemental draft, and it’s with the Cleveland Browns.
The 6’3 225 receiver ran a 4.52 forty yard dash at his Pro Day in which 21 NFL teams attended, and while many teams were rumored to be involved in making him a selection, the Browns felt the need to grab him in the second round.
What this means is that Cleveland has forfeited their 2013 second round selection in order to grab Gordon a bit early.
Much like when the Browns drafted UNC receiver Greg Little, Gordon has not played football in over a season. He was suspended by Baylor head coach Art Briles following the 2010 season after testing positive for marijuana, in which he would transfer to Utah and be forced to sit out in 2011 due to NCAA restrictions on players transferring between FBS schools.
Due to financial reasons, Gordon elected to enter the supplemental draft and test his luck in the NFL waters.
While there is just a sample size of game tape to work with, what we do know about Gordon is that he can play physical, has soft hands, and has the ability to be an asset after the catch.
He’s a long receiver with excellent jump ball ability and can also block a bit down field.
However, some issues with Gordon seem to be fixable and are partially due to lack of experience, for example his lack of route running ability.
Gordon has failed to show an ability to create separation and really challenge defensive backs. He has more taken advantage of his size differential to make up for what he lacks in route running ability.
His intangibles are a bit of an unknown, but NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora believes that Gordon is an “impressive kid”.
Considering his major mistake was testing positive for marijuana, we’d like to believe that he’s put it behind him, although don’t tell that to Aqib Talib.
While the comparison seems quite early, I cannot help but be reminded of Terrell Owens when I watch Gordon play. Let’s hope, for the Browns sake, that it pans out.