Gordon Selection a Desperate Measure?

Personal issues in college left numerous teams leery of Gordon. While at Baylor, the offensive scheme wasn't conducive for a WR such as Gordon to learn how to run tight routes.

Suspended twice while at Baylor and forced to sit out after transferring to Utah, WR Josh Gordon comes to Cleveland with plenty to prove.

Despite the drug related issues, Gordon was being looked at by numerous teams in some manner. Whether the interest was genuine, or a team covering the bases, Gordon was a player of interest for many.

Whether selecting Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft is a desperate move at a desperate time will be something to watch in the coming months when the Browns report to training camp.

If not for flashing on tape and having an impressive workout prior to the supplemental draft, Gordon would likely be sitting on the outside looking in.

"Josh (Gordon) is the type of young man and player that can learn what he is supposed to do quickly. He is intelligent and physically gifted," Baylor head coach Art Briles tells theOBR. "You can expect him (Gordon) to go to camp, work hard and improve every day. He has that type of makeup about him, he will not fail."

Not every personnel evaluator and scout has the same opinion of Gordon, the football talent. Some believe Gordon's potential is equal to or better than that of 2012 draftees WR Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd.

Others believe Gordon would have been a mid-round selection.

"Josh Gordon has the size and body structure to be a legitimate receiver at this level," a player personnel director tells theOBR. "He is a 4.4 guy, with huge hands that he knows how to use and long arms to create issues for defensive backs."

"Now, he (Gordon) needs to work on his route running skills and learn how to utilize his speed at the professional level."

The personal issues in college left numerous teams leery of Gordon. While at Baylor, the offensive scheme wasn't conducive for a WR such as Gordon to learn how to run tight routes. This type of scheme can also hamper the physical development of a young man.

In not learning the proper manner to run routes, which includes how to utilize the body to maximize speed, quickness and flexibility, a player such as Gordon will be behind other WR's of similar talent.

"When you look at Gordon, you can see an athletic young man with outstanding physical tools and abilities. When you talk to him (Gordon), you are surprisingly entertained with his openness to discuss his past," the personnel director said. "The young man is candid and sincere. He realizes the mistakes he has made and I am certain the Browns have discussed the past issues and how they will handle his contract."

"As for Gordon the prospect, he'll need to be provided some close coaching on and off the field. The best thing he can do is live in the film-room and sleep with his playbook."

The Browns were the only team according to team and league sources to bring Gordon in to discuss his past at length. According to Browns general manager Tom Heckert, he spoke to a zillion of people associated with the Baylor and Utah programs and couldn't find a person with anything negative to say about the WR.

Gordon when speaking with the Browns told the organization he is past the issues which he created due to his marijuana use. From being immature to being in the wrong environment, Gordon took responsibility for his actions.

"When Gordon came in and sat with (Tom) Heckert, he was open and outgoing to discuss and answer every question the Browns had," a team source tells theOBR. "Gordon told Heckert he has been clean for a year or so and passed a drug test recently administered."

Despite claims the organization was satisfied with the talent level at the WR position, the Browns bold move in selecting Gordon could turn out to be a significant. Outside of second year WR Greg Little, Gordon will have the opportunity to come to camp and catch the eye of the coaching staff.

"Gordon will need some time to adjust to the speed of the game and refine his skill-set, but on physical ability and mental capacity, he could become a true #1 WR at this level," the personnel director said.

And, the Browns would be perfectly fine with that.

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