Tom Heckert calls Josh Gordon “eventual starter”

Most people in the comments seem satisfied with the risk level that the Browns took today in selecting Josh Gordon with a 2013 second round pick by way of the supplemental NFL draft. Gordon, like current Browns receiver Greg Little, has had an idle year before entering the NFL. Maybe that is why when Tom Heckert spoke to the media today after the pick, he referred to Gordon as an “eventual starter.”

“He’s a guy we obviously targeted and felt good about and we’re happy we had the chance to get him,” Heckert said. “I don’t know if it’s risky. That’s kind of where we thought he was as a player. We thought he’s a guy that could come in and be an eventual starter for us and make plays for us. Anytime you draft a guy, there’s always some risk involved, but we think we got a good football player.”

“He can run, has got huge hands and long arms. He’s an impressive-looking kid, but there were some concerns about him. I drilled him pretty hard when I was with him and he didn’t back down. He told me everything I thought I needed to hear from him. He promised he was going to be a guy that we were going to love having in Cleveland. He seemed pretty fired up about being a Brown. When he left, he said he hoped we were the team that picked him.”

In this scenario all you can do is judge the risk level and trust your talent evaluators. Based on comments in the other post, it seems like a large percentage are at least cautiously optimistic if not excited.

[Related: Browns select Josh Gordon with second rounder in supplemental draft]

  • BIKI024

    don’t underestimate the fact that Jordan Norwood’s dad was Gordon’s position coach down in Baylor. not just cause of Jordan, but Heckert has close ties with Mr. Norwood and they love the kid. they know the weed thing was uncharacteristic of his work ethic, so hopefully he comes in and busts his butt.

  • subadai

    Considering that the previous regime drafted Robiskie in the 2nd rd, I don’t think I have a problem with this. This kid HAS to be better than him.

  • MrCleaveland

    I hope to get Gordon’s autograph at the NFL supplemental rookie symposium at the Ashtabula Motel 6 next Tuesday morning. I understand that Ben Gay will be the keynote speaker.

    P.S. In all seriousness, if this site doesn’t quit demanding that I sign in every time I want to post one of my brilliant observations, then I’ll just have to take my talents elsewhere. Whatever happened last month to totally screw up this once-excellent site should be undone.

    I swear, this site was great until you got into Disqus, and it’s been downhill ever since.

  • mgbode

    i don’t have to re-sign in. sounds like an issue with browser settings.

  • beerf

    Don’t forget about Phil Taylor who was teammates with Flash in 2010. I’m sure the FO asked Phil for his opinion.

  • Harv 21

    as opposed to what, Heck, “we drafted this guy in the second round for depth”?

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  • saggy

    what college kid hasn’t at least thought about trying weed? big deal. not like he was found with 10 kilos of cocaine; though, that would be pretty impressive. he probably wouldn’t need to play football if he could afford that.

  • SFZig

    this is the 21st century browns, overpaying again for a guy who would never be in the top 40 picks in next year’s draft. we all know the browns would have been picking top 40 with their 2nd pick. just like trading up for winslow, when he would be avalable with our #7, drafting couch, courtney brown and gerard warren 1,1 and 3 overall, like trading up for brady quinn…need I go on. i think lerner could actually be the second coming of ted stepien. can roger godell please take the reigns?

  • This is a different regime than the others that destroyed our team. We have to get some stability. H&H have drafted fairly well. We have a lot of catching up due to Savage – Davis – Crennel – Mangini etc. If this guy was in this years draft everyone would have wanted him with the 22nd pick. Our organization was in such a shambles it will take time to be good. There has been improvment – the defense last year. Now the offense gets attention. We lost a lot of low scoring games last year due to no offense. Now we have some players that can make that one or two plays.Have faith or become a band wagon fan of someone else.

  • Oh no, this time its different! -Every Browns fan overcome with offseason optimism

  • sizemore who

    So, you start by mentioning the new regime, but then all if your examples are from previous regimes. No wonder we can’t get any free agents. These GMs in this town cannot win. Win now, but don’t give up too much…seems so easy. I am sure we as fans would make it look so easy. How about we wait and see if this guy is any good? Crazy thought I know.

  • Hypno_Toad

    If we can’t have offseason optimism when can we have optimism?

  • porckchopexpress

    I heard that Bob Lamonte’s brother’s, wives, sister in laws, 3rd cousins, Uncle had a friend that knew a guy that knew a new guy (at work) that watched the ESPN NFL show, and in the middle of the piece on Gordon his cable went out and the guy he contacted was at a call center within 150 miles of where Josh Gordon’s mother’s ex-husband’s related only through marriage daughter’s Irish Setter’s veterenarians assistants ex boyfriend lived. So this whole thing stinks to high hell.

  • Hopwin

    Oh good we got ourselves a 3rd #2 Wide Receiver!

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  • mgbode

    well done.

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  • mgbode

    ” we all know the browns would have been picking top 40 with their 2nd pick.”

    by the use of the verb tense in this statement, you think the Browns moved from a top40 to a nontop40 pick with this selection. so, you at least think Gordon will improve the team 🙂

  • mgbode

    the week after we defeat the defending SB champ?

  • JK

    Amen… Disqus is awful

  • Douglas

    I think Cleveland did really well in this years draft including this pick. If it were the Steelers draft, people would be saying “this is why Pburgh is such a great organization”. It would be great to have a franchise QB, like Manning or Brady, but how many teams have that? They have enough talent and a young enough team to start building momentum. It can’t get worse.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Nah, if he pans out, he’s definitely a #1 receiver. He’s big, 6’3″ and 220 lbs. He’s fast (ran a 4.5 on his pro day but has been clocked closer to 4.4 when in football shape). He supposed has great hands and catches everything away from his body. The biggest “risk” was his character, which is looking like those problems are behind him. There are a lot of scouts out there who project him as a first-round pick if he had gone in next year’s draft. The talent may not pan out, but unlike Little/Robiskie/MoMass this guy really could be a #1 receiver.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    There are apparently many scouts and draft experts who do not know this, as many have pegged Josh Gordon as a first round pick in next year’s draft. So there’s that.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Yeah eat it Rodgers!!

  • Petefranklin

    Coach Norwood was also a big reason the Browns wanted Kendall Wright at 22

  • mgbode

    and Brees and Roeth and Eli

    and we play the Giants, so a chance to make it 5 years running