Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns made the rounds at ESPN today. He was all over the TV and Radio as well as interviews. On Sportscenter, according to a writeup by Pat McManamon, Gordon opined on the Browns possible use of the #4 overall draft pick in this year’s up coming draft:
“There’s no telling,” Gordon said. “I talked with (general manager) Ray (Farmer), I talked with owner Jimmy (Haslam). The choice is really up in the air right now. I’m pretty sure it’s a quarterback and I just really can’t say which one. I’m not real sure.”
Its a great sign that Gordon has spent time talking to both the GM and Owner, that he and the team see the importance of one of their best players being a part of conversations. Some may think that its obvious that he knows who the team is drafting, and that it will be a QB, but who knows where he got that idea from. It is possible that Farmer and Haslam let him in on the secret, or at least the plan to draft a QB. It is just as possible that Gordon has seen all the NFL Mock Drafts and reports that the Browns need to take a QB in the draft.
Gordon himself has to be hopeful that the Browns have a solidified plan for the position after having to catch passes from Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell last year. Gordon knows that his long term future is tied to the talent of the guy throwing him the ball. A stable, solid (or spectacular) QB could mean the difference between a good/great receiver and a Hall of Fame receiver. Very few receivers are able to elevate the play of a quarterback, but many QBs elevate receivers to higher levels then they can ever imagine.
“Johnny seems that much more mobile, if anything. He seems to elude defenders a whole lot better. I know it’s hard to tell, and there’s a whole lot of mixed reviews on him. But he’s bringing highlights to the game that a lot of people haven’t seen in a long time.
“I think he’ll be great for the NFL.”
Quite the politician getting in conversation about all 3 possible high round QBs. Who is available at #4 and who the Browns pick may be the biggest mystery of the entire draft. The Texans seem to be deciding between Bortles, Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney. The Rams between Sammy Watkins and Greg Robinson. The Jags between one of the defenders (Clowney or Khalil Mack) and one of the 3 QBs. While the Browns could draft one of the defenders, one of the 3 QBs, Watkins, Robinson, Mike Evans or Jake Matthews. Will make for an interesting draft come May.
Do you think Gordon has any inside secrets? Do you think he hopes for a QB to be drafted or believes in Brian Hoyer? Do you like that he is doing this type of promotional work in the off-season, as well as talking with Farmer and Haslam?