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Josh Gordon “more than shocked” after second-round selection

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When quarterback Tim Tebow joined the Jets, the word of the day was “excited.”  For receiver Josh Gordon’s NFL arrival in Cleveland, the magic word is “shocked.”

“I was more than shocked for sure,” Gordon told FOX 26 Sports in Houston after being picked in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. “I definitely didn’t think that high, but I’m thankful for the opportunity. . . . I’m definitely in shock.  It still probably hasn’t hit me yet.”

The former Baylor receiver perhaps shouldn’t be shocked.  His agent, Jeff Nalley, thinks Gordon could have gone even higher, if he had played in 2011.

“Josh, in any other circumstances, is a first-round pick,” Nalley told FOX 26 Sports.  “We talked to so many teams, did so much leg work with so many teams and they did their homework.

“What they found out was he’s a really good guy and he’s also a tremendous player.  Every team that I talked to, they spoke to his ex-coaches.  They spoke to his teammates from Baylor and not one had anything bad to say about him.  It was good to see that come out during this process.  I’m just excited for the kid.”

Still, Gordon was in the supplemental draft for a reason — and the reason is that he ended up leaving Baylor after being indefinitely suspended by the team in 2011 following a failed drug test.

Gordon’s former quarterback at Baylor, Robert Griffin III, offered a candid assessment of Gordon before the supplemental draft.  “He’s been a kid that’s been in a bunch of unfortunate situations, and he knows that he was the reason that those [situations] happened,” Griffin told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.  “So I think any team that gets him, of course they’re gonna feel like they’re rolling the dice on the kid.  I think that in the end, he’ll be successful if he wants to be successful.  That’s all on him.  And he knows that.  He knows he’s used up all his chances and everybody’s watching him.”

The fact that the Browns rolled the dice by giving up a second-round pick in 2013 suggests that team president Mike Holmgren wants to get the situation in Cleveland turned around sooner rather than later.  In fewer than three months, they’ve added four players on offense via the first two rounds of the draft:  running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden, tackle Mitchell Schwartz, and Gordon.

It won’t be easy to get Gordon up to speed for his rookie season, given that he didn’t play in 2011 and that he wasn’t involved in the offseason program.  Then again, those same circumstances applied in 2011 to second-round receiver Greg Little, who didn’t play football in 2010 and (like every other rookie) wasn’t involved in the offseason program.

Still, a perennially bad team can become a consistent contender by making only a handful of great moves, and the Browns are at least giving their fans reason to hope that the corner finally is being turned.

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44 Responses to “Josh Gordon “more than shocked” after second-round selection”
  1. rekingcrew says: Jul 12, 2012 8:51 PM

    They’ve been turning that corner for a looooooong time. C’mon get your 5hit together Cleveland!!!

  2. jjrs89 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:51 PM

    I love that even Gordon knows it was a colossal reach.

    That doesn’t bode well

  3. nothingman20 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:56 PM

    I have very little belief that this will work out, but after years of living in the NFL cellar Browns fans have to be excited by some bold moves on the offensive side of the ball.

    That’s a big talent infusion for a team that has so very little.

  4. jpb12 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:57 PM

    Sounds like his agent is setting him up to hold out. He;s already way behind his team mates in the playbook.

  5. cincinnasti says: Jul 12, 2012 8:58 PM

    Good job Brownies.. Keep setting yourselves back a year or two when you’ve finally made some progress..

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 12, 2012 8:59 PM

    Finally all that recreational drug use, dropping out of colleges, and not playing football, paid off for Josh.

  7. shaunypoo says: Jul 12, 2012 9:03 PM

    If this was the bengals you would be ripping them.

  8. rockthered1286 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:05 PM

    Theyll start referring to the act of taking a questionable player at a higher than expected value in the draft as “pulling a Cleveland.”

  9. cornellsteelers says: Jul 12, 2012 9:07 PM

    Nothing the Browns do should shock anyone. Except winning, I guess.

  10. acerockefellar says: Jul 12, 2012 9:08 PM


  11. talkintrashallday says: Jul 12, 2012 9:08 PM


  12. LoCoSu@%s says: Jul 12, 2012 9:23 PM

    Very few supplemental picks work out. We’ll see how this turns out, but the odds are not in his favor.
    Bad team, no QB doesn’t spell success for him.

  13. seachicken64 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:25 PM

    “candidate assessment” equals stretching the truth?

  14. truths4all says: Jul 12, 2012 9:26 PM

    Hey Brownies, don’t listen too the naysayers and gloom & doom experts. You guys finally have some talent to be able to compete and as of right now, the Browns are undefeated!

  15. oldcracker says: Jul 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    WAIT! Didn’t the GM (Tom Heckert) say after the draft that WR was not a need for the Browns? So, what happened since then?

    Can he catch the damn ball, and then hold on to it?

    How long before Gordon gets a DUI/DWI? He’d better get a hold of Donte Stallworth’s attorney now, and on a retainer.

    Wish Colt had some of the tools Weeden will have to work with.

  16. skoobyfl says: Jul 12, 2012 9:28 PM

    There’s a difference between bold & just plain old what the heck, this is a what the heck.

  17. iamthorny says: Jul 12, 2012 9:35 PM

    If the Browns think this guy is going to be a productive NFL player, the odds are against it ever happening.

    Who was the last really productive offensive skill position player for Cleveland?

    Greg Pruitt or Paul Warfield? That’s a LONG time ago…

  18. vtsquirm says: Jul 12, 2012 9:37 PM

    what’s so amazing is all the people who applaud this move by the Browns. you can tell what a reach this is by the player himself being “shocked” by being selected so high.

  19. joemammy says: Jul 12, 2012 9:41 PM

    Looking back at all the jokers that have been in charge of assembling this team since 1999, and the lack of vision for its future, I have to say that Tom Heckert has the testicular fortitude to do it the right way. Not afraid to pull the trigger. Not afraid of negative criticism.

    The man is very good at his job…and I am proud he is in control of rebuilding the Cleveland Browns, the RIGHT way.

  20. 2quickwick says: Jul 12, 2012 9:45 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I’m actually hoping the Browns get slightly more competitive (keyword: slightly) just so the rivalry gets a little more interesting.

    Just as long as they stick w/ their own identity & don’t go Raven-style w/ attempting to copy every facet of our organization. (which even in a copy-cat league was/is rather a pathetic move that has stuck since Art made the move)

  21. dontouchmyjunk says: Jul 12, 2012 9:47 PM

    Kid? Mr Griffin, you don’t get to call someone a kid when you’re only 22 years old yourself! Whether in the context of a candidate (sic) assessment of Josh Gordon’s talent or not.

  22. ajsjr40 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:48 PM

    I can’t believe the Browns gave up the first pick in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft for a guy who didn’t play football last year. Desperate!

  23. aldavis4president says: Jul 12, 2012 9:56 PM

    I’m sure a team would’ve took a 2nd round pick for a developed vet or jus seasoned solid wr?? I have no clue how a team has such a weak wr core for so long..with that said I think this kid will be a serviceable wr in the NFL..reminds me of plax

  24. citizenstrange says: Jul 12, 2012 9:57 PM

    Say what you want about this decision but the Browns know if they can somehow just manage to score 15 points a game they’ll sweep the Steelers.

    There’s only so much an elite pro bowl quarterback can do.

  25. skinsfan91 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:58 PM

    RGIII has his stuff together. This guy, i’m not so sure.

  26. couldntthinkofaname says: Jul 12, 2012 9:59 PM

    Looking back at all the jokers that have been in charge of assembling this team since 1999, and the lack of vision for its future, I have to say that Tom Heckert has the testicular fortitude to do it the right way. Not afraid to pull the trigger. Not afraid of negative criticism.

    The man is very good at his job…and I am proud he is in control of rebuilding the Cleveland Browns, the RIGHT way.


    After the upcoming 5 and 11 season you’re going to have, you’ll run Heckert, Holmgren and Shurmer out of town like you’ve done to all the other “jokers”. Then you’ll hire a new set of suckers, give them one year to win the Super Bowl, and then run them out of town.

    Cleveland: the circle of losing.

  27. wrathofgodzilla says: Jul 12, 2012 10:04 PM

    It’s an Ohio thing.

  28. bowmanj35 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:08 PM

    funny how Griffin calls him kid so many times, coming from another rookie.

  29. lostsok says: Jul 12, 2012 11:10 PM

    “A bust in the hand is worth a 2 in the draft.”

    The new Cleveland Browns motto.

  30. pmars64 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:28 PM

    As a Browns fan, I have no problem with this pick whatsoever. Sure, it’s easy to call it a reach or desperate or whatever, but few of us are professionals who really know anything about scouting, talent evaluation, etc. The Browns needed an infusion of talent at WR and, based on their evaluation, they thought he would provide that. Buffalo would have drafted him in the 3rd round, one pick ahead of Cleveland if they hadn’t pulled the trigger in the 2nd. Dallas was looking seriously at this guy.

    Maybe he will bust, maybe not. I’d rather take the chance and fail than not take the chance at all. Browns deserve some credit for working hard to improve the roster. Time will tell if they will succeed, but they are being aggressive and, as a fan, I appreciate that.

  31. patfic15 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:38 PM

    Factory of Sadness.

  32. marjax says: Jul 12, 2012 11:54 PM

    “I’m sure a team would’ve took a 2nd round pick for a developed vet or jus seasoned solid wr??”

    Cuz that ALWAYS works out well. Clearly they’re bringing young guys in and molding them in their system as they grow as a player and a professional. That’s been the plan all along. Draft, draft, and draft, and bring in an occasional vet or two who fits what you’re trying to do. NOT go for the bargain deal and shrug when it doesn’t work out.

  33. tonyugoh says: Jul 13, 2012 12:05 AM

    Look I’m with everyone in hoping that this guy has learned from his mistakes, but does anybody else find it disturbing that Gordon was essentially banned from Baylor’s football program for smoking weed while Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd were arrested for DUI, legitimately putting other lives in danger, and barely suspended by their programs? Obviously Gordon was making stupid decisions too, but these aren’t decisions that are really out of the norm for people who are perfectly responsible at the same age.

  34. hikohadon says: Jul 13, 2012 12:16 AM

    “I can’t believe the Browns gave up the first pick in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft for a guy who didn’t play football last year.”

    I fervently wish I could get some action on the Browns most certainly NOT having the worst record in the league in 2012.

    But until you get good, you’re subject to lazy conjecture…

  35. lionsgofrompitytofearin3years says: Jul 13, 2012 12:16 AM

    The reality is, we don’t know how this will play out. He may end up being a steal. If it was New England who grabbed him everyone would be applauding the move. In no way am I a browns fan but I hope it works out.

  36. tsmith49 says: Jul 13, 2012 12:28 AM

    Personally I wanted the browns to bring in Troy smith and spend the weeden pick elsewhere. I don’t mind the wr here. They could be pretty good this year IMO

  37. doggpound4ever says: Jul 13, 2012 12:47 AM

    Good move. like that h and h are being aggressive. wish it was a third. I’d rather pay the two and make sure we got em. Go Browns WOOF WOOF!

  38. prplpuzzetrz says: Jul 13, 2012 1:05 AM

    This guy has obvious talent , he is a beast in terms of size! Once he gets himself into pro shape, there is NO telling what he can do!
    If he can realize the gift, and keep himself out of trouble, I see this kid as being a star! Kudos to Cleveland for pulling the trigger!

  39. bigzant82 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:13 AM

    my fellow browns fans arent ya tired of everybody bashing us??? we are not the only team in the nfl that hasnt been too or have won a superbowl, people forget we are 1 of the all time winning teams in all of football history.
    i cant wait till the day we hoist that lombardi trophy n middle finger everybody especially pittsburgh ugh all this negative bs sent or directed to us

  40. borisbulldog says: Jul 13, 2012 1:21 AM

    What are Sh#tsburg fans gonna say when the Browns taake 2 from them this year?

  41. coachbeck says: Jul 13, 2012 3:19 AM

    Lol the browns, cue circus music.

  42. rekingcrew says: Jul 13, 2012 7:01 AM

    Staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaph infection.

  43. jaycutlerslagunabeach says: Jul 13, 2012 7:11 AM


    best comment i’ve read in a long time

  44. coop16 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:07 AM

    Rookie WRs rarely contribute (yeah, I know about A.J. Green, but that was an exception to the rule). And this guy, after missing the 2011 season plus this spring’s OTAs, has virtually NO chance of contributing in 2012. The Browns are completely revamping their offense with rookies (Weeden, Richardson, Schwartz and now this guy), and it’s not realistic to expect rookies to swoop in and turn a woebegotten franchise around. Maybe in 2-3 years the team will start showing signs of competitiveness. In 2012, with a tough schedule, even a 6-10 season seems ridiculously optimistic.

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