BEREA, Ohio — With the rumors spreading that wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a possible one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the Browns might have to address the receiver position as early as the top of the second round.
It is unknown if the Browns did not know of the reports regarding Gordon before they passed on receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans on the first night of the draft. Five wide receivers were drafted in the first round including Watkins, Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin.
The Browns were expected to add at least one receiver regardless of the news of Gordon. ESPN is reporting that the Browns were aware of the possible suspension prior to the beginning of the draft.
The good news is the news broke before the start of the second-round where the Browns have the third pick (35th overall) starting at 7:30 p.m.
Some of the top receivers still available are: Marqise Lee (5-11, 192,USC), Allen Robinson (6-2, 220, Penn St.), Jarvis Landry (5-11, 205, LSU), Cody Latimer (6-2, 215, Indiana), Davante Adams (6-0, 212, Fresno St.), Donte Moncrief (6-2, 221, Mississippi), Bruce Ellington (5-9, 197, South Carolina) and Jordan Matthews (6-3, 212, Vanderbilt).
Currently, the receivers on the Browns roster are: Gordon, Nate Burleson, Charles Johnson, Andrew Hawkins, Greg Little, Travis Benjamin, Tori Gurley, Josh Cooper and Conner Vernon.