2014 NFL Draft: Josh Gordon Believes Cleveland Browns will Take QB with No. 4 Pick

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Updated: March 29, 2014

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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  1. MJM

    March 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Sam, this does not worry me. This time of the year is the Browns Super Bowl time. We always pick high. Browns fans know this is the ‘lying season’ as they say. Nobody knows this time like Browns fans.

    Farmer had to know Gordon was going to be interviewed. These requests all go through the PR Department and have to be approved. Other GMs know the routine. They are probably wondering if Gordon’s answers were scripted, just to throw them off. But what if it was not? But would he really be allowed to see the Board? How about Lombardi’s notes he took with him? I wonder what they say?

    Looking at the facts,: The Browns have two quarterbacks. One has never played a NFL snap, but can get the ball to the back of a moving truck, as long as there are no defensive ends running full tilt past his demolished guards ready to bury him under a half ton of cement. AND the other QB is coming off an injury where his knee was nearly torn in two and with only about nine or so quarters of ok to pretty good play, though he left the third game with his team behind.

    Yes. The Browns will pass on Watkins, Evans, Robinson, Clowney, Mack, and whoever else is there to get something close to a QB that may prove to be above average. They have no choice. And the ‘Big Three’ of QB’s this year would have all been taken before the two QB’s selected during last year early in the 2013 draft. It is this year or bust on a QB.

    And the vacillating answers of a young man whose big goal in life is to become the modern day’s response to Ray Bradbury’s ‘Illustrated Man’ won’t tell anyone what they already don’t know, which is ‘The Browns will get a QB, for sure, really, they will, probably’.

    MJM

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