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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. “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.

  17. 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.

  18. “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…

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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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