Players the Browns Passed on for Josh Gordon
Published July 13, 2012
By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
When the Browns used their 2013 second-round pick to select Josh Gordon, they made a risky decision that could come back to haunt the team. The consensus opinion is the young Cleveland squad won't be very good in 2012. As a result that second-round pick could have been used on another receiver who has more proven production than Gordon.
There is no doubt that Gordon has a good physical skill set. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver has quickness to go along his size. While the former Baylor wideout has physical talent, he never had big production in college.
Gordon had his best season for the Bears in 2010, totaling 42 receptions for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. He was held in check against the better competition; Texas (2-23), Oklahoma State (3-29), Texas A&M (3-35) and Oklahoma (2-13) all kept him out of the end zone.
There easily could be some good receivers available when Cleveland would have been slated to pick next April. Most believe the Browns' second-rounder was likely to be in the No. 33-45 range. Here is a short list of receivers whom Cleveland could have had a shot at if the team had held onto its pick.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
Wilson (6-4, 183) had an excellent freshman season in 2010 with 55 receptions for 1,006 yards and six scores. The sophomore was one of the most productive receivers in the nation last year, making 82 receptions for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Wilson is a big target who needs to fill out his frame with some more muscle. He has excellent hands with top-notch body control and that makes him dangerous in the red zone. The one big concern with Wilson is if he has enough speed to get separation from NFL defensive backs.
Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee
Rogers had a breakout sophomore season with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder is quick and physical. He plays with a swagger and is fearless going across the middle.
Rogers is extremely tough. He takes big hits while making hard catches. His body control is superb, and he routinely makes highlight-reel, acrobatic catches. It is clear that Rogers has big upside and could be even better in 2012. Quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Justin Hunter are healthy and the trio could produce massive totals in 2012.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
As the secondary receiver to Kenall Wright, Williams had a very good 2011 season. He caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. Williams had 43 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has excellent size as well as underrated speed that catches cornerbacks by surprise.
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Swope (6-1, 206) was the No. 1 receiver for Ryan Tannehill and produced a superb junior season in 2011. Swope caught 89 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has underrated speed, and is extremely swift in and out of his breaks. Swope's sudden quickness takes defenses by surprise. He is very dangerous after the catch and is capable of taking short passes downfield for big gains.
Swope caught 72 passes for 825 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. He had 19 receptions for 172 yards and a score as a freshman in 2009. Swope is a sleeper prospect who could turn out to be a better pro than receivers taken ahead of him. He is a well-developed receiver who already has excelled in an NFL-style West Coast offense.
All four of these receivers have produced more than Gordon did as a collegiate player. If Gordon doesn't pan out for Cleveland, these wideouts could make the second-round pick even more prone to second-guessing.