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2014 NFL Draft: Josh Gordon Believes Cleveland Browns will Take QB with No. 4 Pick
While many NFL analysts and draft guru’s have speculated that the Cleveland Browns will select a quarterback at No. 4, has star wide receiver Josh Gordon fumbled the game plan in a recent interview with ESPN? The team has been linked to all four of the top passers on the board, including Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr. To this date, there has been no definitive report to link the team to any which one, although NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has stated he knows they have interest in Carr.
Now, their top receiving threat has expressed his belief that he is “pretty sure” a franchise quarterback is indeed what the Browns hope to draft with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. His opinion on the subject is far from defined, but it is an interesting note nonetheless on what the Cleveland franchise’s future could hold.
“There’s no telling,” Gordon said. “I talked with Ray [Farmer, GM], I talked with Jimmy [Haslam, owner]. 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.”
When asked to elaborate on ESPN’s First Take, Gordon stated, “There’s plenty of guys on the list right now. Blake Bortles is definitely one of those guys that just may do it for us. Teddy Bridgewater is a great talent. But there’s no telling.”
To further complicate matters, in a recent dinner the Browns star receiver had with the team’s general manager, he noted that Manziel “seems to be the top guy on [his] list right now” and also that he could “bring a whole different dynamic” to the Browns. Manziel has been projected everywhere from No. 1 overall to a third-round pick, he is virtually a wild card in this draft. While he may have the most upside, he also has the most bust potential, and where he goes is anyone’s guess.
“I think it might not be as hard as most people believe it to be, simply because of the fact we have guys like Russell Wilson now, shorter quarterbacks. You see Drew Brees doing it also,” he said. “Johnny seems that much more mobile, if anything. He seems to elude defenders a whole lot better.”
Gordon continued, “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.”
Gordon may be a dynamic and explosive athlete with the ball in his hands, but he is far from an NFL scout. For Gordon, he sees many of the same things that the average fan sees, big play ability and lightning-like running ability. For the men who make a living off analyzing prospects, like CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, they paint a very different picture of the man that Gordon so highly covets.
Brugler notes that he would not select Manziel in the Top 25 picks, while Jaworski states he would not touch the Texas A&M prospect in the first three rounds. While this article is not meant to knock the former Aggie, the point remains that Manziel is very much a hotly-debated quarterback prospect. Gordon could be right when it comes down to it on draft day, but in this writer’s opinion, all this quarterback talk in the early round sounds a lot like it’s all smoke and no fire. Only time will tell.
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