Thursday, July 12, 2012

Browns stay aggressive and take WR Josh Gordon

The NFL supplemental draft just happened for 2012. In short, here's what that means.
  • Players who have had a change in circumstances between the Deadline to declare for the April NFL draft and the deadline for a possible supplemental draft (usually in July) may be subject for an additional draft by the NFL teams.
  • This doesn't happen often and usually just includes one player. (I don't know exactly why Josh Gordon was eligible other than he sat out last year and changed his mind about the NFL because his family needs money)
  • NFL Teams are pooled into groups based on last years standings. They are then given weights and entered into a lottery. The order is picked by weighted percentage and by which pool they are in.
  • The more important part of that is that the Teams indicated (confidentially) which 2013 draft pick they would give up to take X player.
  • The Team willing to give up the highest pick based on the order of the supplemental draft gets the player and loses the future draft pick.
So in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, the Browns were awarded Josh Gordon, WR Baylor/Utah in the 2nd round.  This is because nobody gave up a first round pick, and the Browns were the first team (based on the order) to give up a 2nd round pick.

This really stays consistant with the new Aggressive attitude the Browns Front Office have demonstrated in the draft.  First they aggressively trade up to make sure they get Trent Richardson, then they take Weeden ahead of most thought they would, and now they give up a 2nd round pick in 2013 on a guy who didn't play NCAA football last year.

They basically got another Greg Little, however, Gordon was projected to be a Top 10 pick overall next year if he plays out the year in Utah and maintains a reasonable level of performance.  So he's got some growing to do..but if Little progresses as expected and Gordon has the same kind of year Little had last year...the Browns will finally be 'Okay' at WR.  And then in 2013 that tandom could be something special.

There is some optimism here.  (there are also many questions...but for now at least there is some hope)


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mike's Long Awaited Return

I apologize for the delay to all of our faithful readers (I'm not sure why I pluralized the word readers...but wishful thinking I suppose).  Here a just a bunch of thoughts without any rhyme or reason from all the news I didn't comment on during my absense.

LeBron wins a ring. ::sigh::  Luckily the sun came up, and he's still a self-centered jerk.  Life goes on.

The Browns had a good draft.  I am getting more and more excited about Weeden and Richardson as the season draws near.

I don't buy in to all the complaints about the Browns WR core.  They aren't great, but I don't agree that it was a priority to waste a lot of money or high draft picks on one.

I keep coming back to many, many championship teams that win in the NFL with a great QB and average WRs.  I don't see teams winning with great WRs and an average QB.  Ideally you want both...I agree...but I also want a million dollars and that's not happening either.

Cavs draft was intriguing.  I feel good about it..but that could just be the media making it sound better than it is.

Indians...ugh.  So hard to get overly excited about a team of average players.  They are playing well enough to keep interest, but I'm getting more nervous as the days go on.

I do think that the front office will make a move, but will it be too little too late.  Will the team be 6 games back by the trade deadline and the other teams have hit their stride.  Luckily by then, Training Camp will open and we will have scheduled Man Day III

If the schedulers of Browns Training Camp have any kind of sense, they will schedule a practice that is open to the public after the release of The Expendibles 2 so that Man Day III can be EPIC this year.

Thank God for wi-fi access during Jury Duty!

...stay tuned...more to come as I think of it.