Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Browns selected receiver Josh Gordon in the NFL’s supplemental draft Thursday.
Cleveland used a second round pick to select Gordon whom some scouts projected to be a potential first round pick in the 2012 draft.
“He is a big kid, he can run and he has huge hands and long arms. An impressive looking kid,” general manager Tom Heckert said. “There were some concerns about him, so I drilled him pretty hard and he didn’t back down, and he told me everything I thought I needed to hear from him. He promised he would be a guy we loved having in Cleveland. He is pretty fired about being a Brown.”
Gordon caught 42 passes for 714 yards and 7 touchdowns as a sophomore for Baylor.
“We are excited to add Josh Gordon to our football team,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement released by the team. “I feel as though he possesses the skill and ability to be an outstanding player in this league. He is an excellent addition to our 2012 rookie class, and I am looking forward to working with him and our entire team in a couple of weeks.”
Following an off campus drug arrest, Gordon was suspended by Baylor indefinitely and he transferred to Utah and sat out the 2011 season per NCAA regulations.
Heckert said that he is comfortable with Gordon and not concerned about the incident off the field.
“I don’t know if it is risky, that is kind of where we thought he was as a player,” Heckert said. “Obviously he’s a guy who can come in here and be a starter for us and make plays for us.
“We kind of did our homework on him, no question about it. We brought the kid in, I talked to a zillion guys and I couldn’t find one guy to say something bad about the kid.”
During a pro day earlier this week Gordon ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash.
No other players were selected.
Gordon becomes the first player taken by the Browns in the supplemental draft since Bernie Kosar in 1985.