I've ripped into the Cleveland Browns on several occasions this offseason for their lackluster approach to the draft and free agency, especially with regard to how they've handled their wide receiver position.
But Cleveland took an out-of-the-box approach on Thursday afternoon.
In the second round of the supplemental draft, the Browns took former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon has been one of the biggest stories in the NFL over the last few weeks because his upside is so high. He's got great size (6'3", 224 lbs) and speed for his frame (4.52 40-yard dash at his pro day) but has little experience even playing at the college level.
It's a very risky move for the Browns considering why Gordon doesn't have much college tape to look at. He was found in a car with a fellow teammate asleep in a Taco Bell drive-thru with marijuana in the car. Gordon was later suspended indefinitely from the team after a "violation of team rules," which turned out to be a failed drug test.
The fact that the Browns have now spent next season's second round pick on a receiver with 43 career college catches says a lot about what they think of their receivers.
With all that being said, this is a risky, but necessary move for the receiver-needy Browns. They were going into the season with Greg Little and Mohammed Massaquoi slated to be the starters; an underwhelming corps to say the least.
I actually don't mind the move for the Browns. As I said, I've ripped them all offseason for doing nothing to help their receiving corps and here they are making a bold move in the supplemental draft. Is it risky? Yes. But seeing Cleveland take some sort of initiative to add talent to their offense is a good sign.
So what are the odds Gordon could play and even start for the Browns come opening day?
My assumption is that it's very low. It's going to take time for Gordon to hone in on Cleveland's west coast scheme and familiarize himself with quarterback Brandon Weeden. But if he can master the offense (and keep himself out of trouble off the field), Gordon could be the best receiver on this Browns team and their number one going forward.