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Supplemental draft lottery may have forced Cleveland’s hand

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So why did the Browns use a second-round pick in the supplemental draft on receiver Josh Gordon?

The answer possibly comes from the manner in which the tokens came out of the officially-licensed New Era hat to determine the round-by-round priority.

The Bills, despite holding the ninth pick in the April draft, secured the first pick in each round of the supplemental draft.  The Browns finished at No. 2 on the pecking order.

And so, if the Bills were planning to use a third-round pick on Gordon, the Browns necessarily had to use a second-round pick in order to get to Gordon first.

It’s unknown whether any of the 30 teams having priority after the Browns were willing to devote a second-round pick to grabbing Gordon.  From the Browns’ perspective, all that mattered is whether the Bills would have claimed Gordon at the top of round three.

The Bills were interested in Gordon, and the Bills tried to sign former Saints receiver Robert Meachem in free agency.  So it likely was prudent for the Browns to fear that the Bills would snatch Gordon, once the process made it to a third round.

And while we’re on the topic of the Bills, here’s Tim Graham from the Buffalo News talking about the team many are pegging for a playoff berth during an appearance on PFT Live.

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22 Responses to “Supplemental draft lottery may have forced Cleveland’s hand”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 12, 2012 11:50 PM

    Buffalo had them by the tokens.

  2. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:53 PM

    Regardless of whether selecting him was a reach or not, the browns realize after minicamp that they do not have enough weapons at wr for weeden/mccoy. And in this nfl if you cant spread the ball, you wont be winning any games.

  3. sparky151 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:59 PM

    So what if Buffalo took Gordon with their 3rd rounder? The Browns still reached massively using a 2nd on him. They could trade for a veteran receiver for the short term, then use their 2nd rounder next year on a better prospect than Gordon.

  4. massillonmarine says: Jul 13, 2012 12:05 AM

    I love love love all the haters. Can’t wait for this team to take the field. They are going to be a team to reckon with. The AFC North is Boss!

  5. raiderinva says: Jul 13, 2012 12:10 AM

    I honestly believe that over half of the talent scouts and personnel directors for all of the NFL teams right now are on vacation.

    Someone in the Cleveland Browns org made the decision to pull the trigger on this pick. More thought was given to this post then the second round selection on the pick. That person will be dismissed and PFT will not cover that story.

    Come the HOF game, no one will care….

    Man I can’t wait for kick off….

  6. hikohadon says: Jul 13, 2012 12:21 AM

    “So what if Buffalo took Gordon with their 3rd rounder? The Browns still reached massively using a 2nd on him. They could trade for a veteran receiver for the short term, then use their 2nd rounder next year on a better prospect than Gordon.”
    _____________________

    So your sage advice would be to let him go to Buffalo and then trade for a veteran receiver that is so good that his team didn’t want him?

    Gotcha.

  7. couldntthinkofaname says: Jul 13, 2012 12:34 AM

    massillonmarine says: Jul 13, 2012 12:05 AM

    I love love love all the haters. Can’t wait for this team to take the field. They are going to be a team to reckon with. The AFC North is Boss!
    _____________________________

    You’re right. I can’t wait to see Pitt, Baltimore, Cincy and the rest of the teams on Cleveland’s schedule to stomp them this year.

  8. urbusted2 says: Jul 13, 2012 12:51 AM

    I don’t have a problem with the Browns using a 2nd round pick for Gordon. He’s as good if not better than any wide receiver that would be available in next years (2nd round) draft.

  9. borisbulldog says: Jul 13, 2012 1:09 AM

    Fitzpatrick blows!

  10. borisbulldog says: Jul 13, 2012 1:12 AM

    FYI to Sparky-

    Gordon would have been drafted higher then Kendall Wright had he been available in the same draft!

    Bigger, Faster, Better Hands!

    Reach this!

  11. neofootball says: Jul 13, 2012 1:15 AM

    I am surprised that nobody is talking about the value that you are getting in drafting and having a player on the roster now instead of waiting until next April. Normally when a team does this type of move they are willing to give a round lower pick next year for what the talent is this year. I think Gordon is worth at least a 3 and with the lack of talent at WR in Cleveland the gamble is well worth it. I also like this move for Cleveland in that they are really positioning themselves for 2013. Realistically they have a rookie QB and RB with a 2nd year WR and possibly 2 rookie WR’s. Combine that with the young line and they are praying that 2012 they grow and mold into an offense that won’t be as putrid as the past 2 seasons. So in typical Browns fashion, here is to next year, even though this year hasn’t started.

  12. csszrr says: Jul 13, 2012 1:20 AM

    Wifh this the Browns addressed 4 glaring needs on offense. WR, QB, RB, and RT. Whether they pan out or not, i am just heartened to see the Browns moving in a definite direction. Better than the rudderlessness that has be the calling card of the beloved Brownies for the last decade. Here we go Brownies.

  13. CDillon2 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:24 AM

    James Walker is awful. Tim Graham, please come back.

  14. maximusprime107 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:33 AM

    The Browns could have traded their second round pick to a team that has a much more proven WR, everyone knows how valuable the 33rd overall pick is

  15. yousuxxors says: Jul 13, 2012 1:45 AM

    gordon has thr size and skills to be a second rounder

  16. dws123 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:46 AM

    Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.

  17. dgutley says: Jul 13, 2012 5:40 AM

    If Gordon is starting by fall, 2013 then it was a good move. We needed WR’s and Gordon gives us another tool. Let em play together this year, learn – and then challenge in 13.

  18. clw1906 says: Jul 13, 2012 7:00 AM

    massillonmarine says:
    Jul 13, 2012 12:05 AM
    I love love love all the haters. Can’t wait for this team to take the field. They are going to be a team to reckon with. The AFC North is Boss!

     Lol lol lol lol lol lol(catching breath) lol lol lol lol lol

  19. Erik says: Jul 13, 2012 8:28 AM

    I love the opinions on this. “OMG, this guy is a reach because I never saw him on Youtube before!” If Stephen Hill can go in the second round, this guy certainly can.

  20. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Jul 13, 2012 9:01 AM

    Um, they also could have been afraid that any other team would have taken him in the 2nd round. It really doesn’t make much sense to write a whole article about it being the Bills when it most likely had nothing to do with them.

  21. audient says: Jul 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    Confirmed… the AFC North IS Boss. All four teams last year — Browns too — top 10 defense in the league. Three of four teams in the playoffs. You don’t get to the Super Bowl in the AFC without beating the North.

  22. farmdoy says: Jul 20, 2012 10:14 AM

    I have to think the team is looking at 2013 as the money year in FA and the season they contend for the playoffs for a few reasons
    Looking at what they have and who they play the FO sed ok we are a 4-6 win team that’s a top 10 draft pick in 2013 so we can reach a bit on Gordon and if need be trade down in the first round to pick up another second so it was worth the reach
    The FO knows that the defense was not as good as there numbers ( not saying there a bad unit ) the offence did not put points up and teams that played the browns only stretched the field to keep them honest so they could run the ball and protect there lead and there defense
    Finley if you think about it every draft pick is a reach some are not as risky as others but no one knows what they will do till there second or third year in the league

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