The odds of obtaining an impact player in the NFL Supplemental Draft are always low, but with their second-round selection of wide receiver Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns got a prospect with plenty of upside.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the selection via Twitter:
And in today's supplemental draft, former Baylor WR Josh Gordon goes to...Cleveland in round 2— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 12, 2012
The former Baylor Bear has taken quite the unique route to the NFL.
Gordon began his career in Waco, where, over two seasons, he pulled in 43 catches (just one catch came during his freshman year) for 721 yards and seven touchdowns.
But after a productive sophomore season in which he established himself as one of the most dangerous young wide receivers in the Big 12, he was suspended indefinitely. Instead of waiting out the suspension, the young pass-catcher took his talents to the University of Utah, where he never played a game.
And now here he is, on his way to the National Football League.
But just because Gordon makes his way to the league via the supplemental draft doesn't mean he isn't extremely talented.
First and foremost, he's big. Gordon is 6'3" and 224 pounds, and according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, some scouts compare him to A.J. Green. La Canfora also adds that if Gordon would have been able to stay with Baylor, he would have been a top-10 pick.
Wow. Those aren't the worst compliments in the world from a respected NFL mind.
Throw in Gordon's speed (he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, according to ESPN), which is impressive for his build, and it's easy to see why a team was willing to spend a high draft pick on him, regardless of any possible character concerns.
Gordon's hands and route-running could certainly use a little bit of work, as is often true with all rookies, but that combination of size and speed make him a potential No. 1 receiver down the road.
He likely won't reach that potential immediately out of the gate, but getting someone of Gordon's caliber in the supplemental draft is going to be looked at as a steal in five years.