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Kiper evaluates Gordon, Weeden picks

Posted Feb 14, 2013

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., talked about the Browns’ selections of Josh Gordon and Brandon Weeden in a national conference call on Wednesday.

Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns do not have a second-round pick because they selected wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft last July.

Gordon played in all 16 games and made 13 starts for the Browns last fall. In doing so, Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards and five touchdowns, including a 71-yard score in a 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 14.

Gordon had the fourth-most yards ever by a Browns rookie receiver, and the most yards, as well as catches, among any player taken in the history of the NFL Supplemental Draft, which dates back to 1977. His five touchdowns were one shy of Rob Moore’s record of six in 1990 with the New York Jets.

“The kid’s got an awful lot of ability,” ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., said Wednesday. “He showed that at Baylor. He did a heck of a job there, and you saw that talent. It was evident this year in a number of games. He’s got a chance to be a very, very good player in this league. I don’t think that was a stretch to lose that second-round pick on Josh Gordon.

“If you look at the receivers, would anybody with his ability be in the second round this year? Possibly, but you already have a year of production with him, a year of development, a year of coaching, a year of transitioning. You’re a year ahead of the game with a guy like that. When you bring a supplemental pick into the fold, it does help you. Once you hit on that player, it does help you.”

During his Wednesday conference call, Kiper also talked about Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who he compared to the signal-callers eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Weeden, a first-round pick out of Oklahoma State University last April, completed 297 of 517 attempts for 3,385 yards and 14 touchdowns against 17 interceptions in his rookie season. He set franchise rookie records for the most wins (five), yards (3,385) and yards in a game (364 in a 20-17 win at Oakland on Dec. 2).

“With his age and a good situation at Oklahoma State with the receivers and the system that was in place there, if you put him in this draft, from where he was last year to this year and where the quarterbacks are this season -- there’s not one that everybody is a consensus on -- it’s possible he could’ve been the first quarterback taken this year,” Kiper said.