On July 12, 2012 the Cleveland Browns selected former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in 2nd round of this year’s supplemental draft in an effort to bolster their weak corps of receivers heading into the NFL season.
With this selection the Browns used a 2nd round choice in next year’s NFL Draft (2013). Much was said and written about Gordon as the supplemental draft came upon us and many have shared varying opinions on his value as a 2nd round selection. Some experts rated him as having potential first round talent while others saw him more as a 4th or 5th round choice. What is clear is that the Browns had him rated as a 2nd round choice and were willing to take a flyer on the young man from….
Listed at 6’ 3” 220lbs with a projected 40 yard dash time of 4.4 seconds, Gordon has the size and speed to play on Sunday in the NFL. How well he can adjust after sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer regulations is a question that remains to be answered.
Gordon began his career at Baylor University but was subsequently suspended for violating the team’s drug policy. After his dismissal he transferred to The University of Utah where he was required to sit out the 2011 NCAA college football season. Set to play in 2012, Gordon then decided to forgo his remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. Why he decided to enter the draft rather than stay and play in Utah is said to be related to the financial needs he and his family had to consider as the draft approached.
His reasoning aside, one thing is clear. The Cleveland Browns saw enough talent in him to snatch him up and see what he can do on the field. And with one of the least talented receiving groups in the NFL, it’s clear that they hope he can come in and contribute immediately.
Written by John D. Beckler II (@NFLDM_John)
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