NFL Supplemental Draft 2012 Picks: Comparing Browns' Josh Gordon and Greg Little

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 12, 2012

Photo Credit: AI Wire/Al Kooistra/Landov
Photo Credit: AI Wire/Al Kooistra/Landov

After Greg Little led all Cleveland Browns receivers with 709 receiving yards last season, the Browns selected a similar player in former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the NFL supplemental draft on Thursday.

Gordon and Little are more comparable than you may think. Gordon ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at his pro day on Tuesday, per Little? He ran it in 4.53 seconds.

Also, both players are relatively athletic. Little recorded a vertical jump of 40.5 inches before last year's draft, while Gordon posted a vertical jump of 36 inches this year.

Little and Gordon are even comparable in height and weight. Little measures around 6'2," 220 pounds, while Gordon is about 6'3," 224 pounds. 

Then there's the blocking skills both possess. Little made an impact as a run-blocker last season with Cleveland, while Gordon is also known to use his size and strength to block well. 

There's also the fact that Little and Gordon both have good hands. Little racked up 61 catches on the offensively-challenged Browns last season, while Gordon recorded 714 yards and seven touchdowns opposite Kendall Wright at Baylor in the 2010-2011 season.

Both players are also effective after the catch, with Gordon probably having the advantage in that area.

Of course, both Gordon and Little were drafted with character concerns, too. Little was deemed ineligible and suspended indefinitely for the 2010-2011 season for receiving improper benefits, while Gordon was suspended last season for testing positive for marijuana.

In Gordon, the Browns got a very similar player to Little—the good and the bad.


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