Josh Gordon failed three marijuana tests in college

AP

The Browns using a second-round pick (which they’ll lose in next year’s draft) to take wide receiver Josh Gordon in Thursday’s Supplemental Draft has been described as risky.

It’s Gordon’s off-field problems, more so than his on-field lack of polish, that worries teams.

In a detailed look at the quandary Gordon presented for NFL teams trying to evaluate him, NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported that Gordon failed three marijuana tests during his time at two colleges.

Gordon admitted last week to failing a test at Baylor which led to his suspension, but there were apparently two others he didn’t mention. The first was after he and a teammate were arrested while falling asleep in a Taco Bell drive-thru line (nice camouflage, stoners never go there). The other was at Utah, where he transferred after his second failed test at Baylor.

To his credit, Gordon’s at least saying the right things.

“The Cleveland Browns stuck their neck out and risked taking me and put their faith and belief in me, and I won’t let them down,” he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Breer notes that Gordon passed a recent drug test, and those results were given to all 32 teams. He also scored a respectable 24 on his Wonderlic.

“It’s very hard to find a comparable player,” an AFC personnel executive told Breer. “The off-field issues, you try and draw on those players like that who have turned into huge successes, and having those examples tends to give executives some peace of mind. I struggled to come up with a high volume of players that have had his amount of issues and done a 180. We’ll see. The rest of it is up to the kid.”

“It’s just something where you say, ‘Hey man, put [the marijuana] down’,” said an NFC personnel director. “You never know which way they’ll go when they get here. It’s hard to know how important football is, and how important weed is to the kid. And the environment he goes into is important too. Then, it’s how they mature through the process you put them through.”

Those issues are compounded by the fact Gordon has relatively little tape to look at. He had two 100-yard games in college, though he was overshadowed by a host of talented teammates.

Some have suggested he was a physical equivalent to players such as Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd, and maybe he is.

But unless he’s truly matured, the Browns have taken an incredible chance.

13 responses to “Josh Gordon failed three marijuana tests in college

  1. So much for RG III telling the ‘Skins to take him in that supplemental draft. Hey Superman, learn the play book and keep your mouth shut, jerk

  2. As a Browns fan I’m not thrilled to see the team use a second-round pick on this guy, but I guess I can understand the front office’s desire to take the chance. Their receiving corps is so pathetic, it’s hard to bring in a receiver who’s worse than what they’ve got.

  3. “Some have suggested he was a physical equivalent to players such as Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd, and maybe he is.

    But unless he’s truly matured, the Browns have taken an incredible chance.”

    Umm, lets see, it was Gordon who recently passed his drug test and Blackmon who was recently arrested for being 3 times the legal limit!

    I think the Jags move is much riskyer then the Browns move on this one.

  4. Yeah, well….. let’s face it. If the Browns take an “incredible chance” 90% of the national media will criticize their decision to do so. If they are right about Gordon, all of you know it alls will be nowhere to be found after the fact. This guy will turn out to be a bargain for what they gave up.

  5. I’m convinced the Browns made a great pick. Nothing is guaranteed. Just ask the Jags about Blackmon.

    I watched a lot of WRs and even played it for a time. This guy is good, with the skills to become great, in short order.

    On his 95 yard TD catch and run, (which may have been a lateral) took him less than 10 seconds to run the distance, in full gear, in a game. That alone, for a guy his size, is enough to take a shot at him. 95 yards in 10 seconds – Wow!!!

  6. The dui’s and assault and/or theft accusations worry me more than smoking pot in college. He’s tested ok and that should be behind him. I wish him luck.

  7. I think weed should be legal, but it’s not and any person that has failed three test is clearly a moron and would never step foot in my locker room. Seriously is weed worth throwing your life away?

  8. Wait a minute?! Is this a story about a draft pick being a gamble? Oh my god! You mean to tell me that when a team drafts a player there’s NO guarantee that he’ll be good?! Are you saying that there are countless factors that could determine the success of any particular player including (but not limited to) age, ability, IQ, system drafted to and from, coaches, family, scrip clubs, general attitudes towards dogs and their propensity to fight, heart, drive, money, depression, steroids, drugs, sexual orientation, durability, race, weight, hookers, agents, luck, timing, etc? Wow! So, how is this a story again? Oh wait, it’s not. Sincerely, Ryan Leaf

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