Any conversation about trading for Josh Gordon must start off-the-field. At Baylor, Gordon tested positive for marijuana three times. After his final positive test, Baylor coach Art Briles suspended him from the team indefinitely. Gordon tried to sign up for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, but it was too late. He instead transferred to Utah, where he failed yet another drug test and was forced to sit out the entire year.
Prior to the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Dallas talked to Coach Briles about Gordon. The Cowboys’ had an “inside source” as Briles’ daughter, Jancy, is the teams’ media relations coordinator. The Cowboys felt comfortable taking Gordon in the draft, but Cleveland beat them to the punch. Here’s what Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told ESPNDallas.com about the Gordon situation:
“He (Briles) talked about Josh a lot and the kind of young man he is and how he’d gone through a couple of things. He vouched for him as a person. Then on film, just an outstanding talent. He’s big. He’s long. He’s fast. He can catch. He’s very natural. It was an interesting thing and I think a lot of people were hearing the same things we heard and he became an intriguing guy. We were well in-tuned with what his situation was leading up to the supplemental draft and Cleveland stepped up and was aggressive in picking him. He’s certainly done a lot of good things for them.”
In the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns with a second round pick they forfeited in the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a four year, $5.3 deal with the Browns and had a terrific rookie campaign. In a struggling Cleveland offense, Gordon recorded 50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns. The wideout did struggle with inconsistency in his rookie year too as he was targeted 95 times. But he was a raw talent that seemed to improve as the season moved forward.