In the 48 hours leading up to the supplemental draft I received an increasing number of tips that Josh Gordon could slip in the July 12 supplemental draft.
Obviously, the fact that the Cleveland Browns selected him in the second round proves that not everyone felt the same way.
Albert Breer of NFL.com sheds some light as to there was plenty of negative chatter about Gordon with a report that the former Baylor and Utah receiver failed three drug tests while in college.
Breer, citing four NFL clubs, writes that two of the three tests Gordon failed came while he was at Baylor. The other came after the charge for marijuana possession had been dropped and he'd transferred to Utah.
In an article written by Mary Kay Cabot for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, however, Gordon goes into detail about just how regimented his schedule was at Utah due to the past failed test(s). Most importantly, he claims that he never tested positive with the Utes.
"I was in a rehabilitation program with group counseling, and I saw a psychiatrist, like, three times a week," he said. "I had to report back to the team while I was practicing. But I never tested positive at Utah."
In the grand scheme of things, whether Gordon tested positive for marijuana while at Utah or not doesn't really matter. It does, however, make it easier to understand why some many in the league had reservations as to whether they could trust the talented receiver.
By investing a second round pick in the July 12 supplemental draft -- what could turn out to be a very high second round pick next April -- it's clear the Browns believe they can.