The Browns continued overhauling their offense on Thursday when they grabbed former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft.
Gordon, a 6-foot-4 receiver who left Baylor after failing a marijuana test, caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010. He transferred to Utah after leaving Baylor, but then decided to enter the supplemental draft rather than play at Utah.
Gordon, who was touted by, among others, his former quarterback Robert Griffin III , was considered the best of the eight players available in Thursdays supplemental draft. He was projected as anywhere from a second- to a fourth-round pick, but the Browns made another statement that they mean business about jump-starting an offense that ranked 29th in total offense and 30th in scoring last season.
The selection of Gordon comes after the Browns picked up running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round of the April draft.
They are young, but we think we have gotten a lot better on offense in one draft, now you add Josh in the mix too, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said. We knew this was going to be a process but we think we have gotten a lot better just in the last few months.
Supplemental picks have rarely proved to be top-of-the-depth-chart talent, but the Browns front office clearly thinks Gordon can be an exception.
He is a guy that can come in here and be an eventual starter for us and make plays for us, Browns general manager Tom Heckert said I think anytime you draft a guy there is always some risk involved, but we think we got a good football player.
Most years there is not a player of Joshs caliber in the supplemental draft, so you dont hear about it very much, Heckert added. We are getting a really good football player and we are getting him a year early. I think next year we will be sitting there going, Wow, if he plays like we think he is going to play this year, I think it will obviously be a good decision.
The Ravens, who have made a supplemental draft pick just once (Jared Gaither in the fifth round in 2007) again sat out this one. They reportedly showed interest in linebacker Larry Lumpkin, but chose not to effectively use a 2013 draft pick on the former Alabama A&M linebacker. In fact, Gordon was the only player taken in the supplemental draft.