The window of opportunity for the Browns to draft another wide receiver before the start of the 2012 season has not yet closed.
The NFL’s supplemental draft will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, and former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon headlines the list of players eligible to be selected.
Gordon is to work out for NFL teams today in Houston, and the Browns will have a representative in attendance. It makes sense for the Browns to examine Gordon because they desperately lack a sufficient number of proven playmakers in their receiving corps, even with the recent addition of fourth-round draft pick Travis Benjamin.
Pro Football Talk’s Evan Silva reported at least one NFC team has assigned a third-round grade to Gordon, and a scout told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Gordon could be taken as early as the second round. Whichever team picks Gordon on Thursday must forfeit a selection in the corresponding round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Gordon has reportedly posted 40-yard dash times of 4.3 seconds, so his combination of prototypical size and speed makes him an intriguing prospect. He caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010.
However, Gordon also has baggage. Baylor suspended him indefinitely after a drug arrest two years ago. He later transferred to Utah, sat out last season because of NCAA rules and reportedly chose to enter the supplemental draft for financial reasons.
Last year, the Browns rolled the dice and drafted wide receiver Greg Little in the second round, even though he missed the previous season at North Carolina because the NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible for receiving about $4,952 in impermissible benefits. It remains to be seen whether the Browns believe Gordon is worth a gamble.
In addition to Gordon, Boise State defensive back Quaylon Ewing, Syracuse fullback Adam Harris, Iowa State offensive tackle Adrian Haughton, Carson-Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin, Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson, McMurray wide receiver Houston Tuminello and TCU running back Ed Wesley are eligible to be drafted Thursday.
The Browns haven’t picked a player in the supplemental draft since 1985, when they nabbed quarterback Bernie Kosar.
Youth camp audible
A youth football camp is still scheduled to be held at Strongsville High School this weekend, but Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is no longer going to host it. Instead, Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson will host.
Camp organizers learned about a month ago that McCoy would not be able to fulfill his commitment to host the event at Strongsville for the second consecutive year, and Richardson agreed to replace McCoy about a week later, said Nick Berta, a marketing coordinator for ProCamps Worldwide.
“It was simply a scheduling conflict with Colt McCoy, and we reached out to Trent Richardson at that point,” Berta said.
In conjunction with ProCamps, McCoy held another two-day youth camp this past week in Austin, Texas.
The camp with Richardson is open to children ages 7 to 14 and is to run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost per camper is $149, but a 50 percent discount is available for those who register online and enter the code “50” when prompted.
For information or to register, visit www.Trent RichardsonCamp.com or call 888-389-CAMP (2267).
Save the date
The deadline for the Browns to sign kicker Phil Dawson to a multiyear contract extension is Monday.
If a new deal isn’t struck by then, Dawson must play the 2012 season under a one-year franchise tag. In March, Dawson signed the franchise tender, which gives him a salary of $3.81 million this year. The Browns also franchised him in 2011.
General Manager Tom Heckert said in March that the Browns’ goal is to sign Dawson to a long-term deal.
As of July 1, the Browns had $17,774,764 in salary-cap space, according to NFL.com. Only two teams had more room, the Jacksonville Jaguars ($25,115,885) and the Tennessee Titans ($19,970,080). … The NFL announced the training camp reporting dates for all 32 teams on Monday. The Browns’ rookies will report to the team’s headquarters in Berea on July 24, and the veterans will do the same on July 26. Training camp is scheduled to open to the public on July 28. … Pro Football Talk listed the Browns 32nd in its preseason power rankings.
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