After all the buzz and excitement for the city of Cleveland in day one of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns took a huge blow with breaking news of All-Pro wideout Josh Gordon rumored to have failed a second drug test. The day didn’t end there for the Browns, as fans found out later in the night that newly acquired receiver Nate Burleson re-fractured his left forearm, the same arm he broke in a car crash while playing with the Detroit Lions.
Gordon, who is facing a season ban, was on thin ice with the league following a failed drug test at the start of the 2013 season. Following a two-game suspension, the 6-foot-3 wide-out put together a Pro Bowl season totaling 1,646 receiving yards, with seven games of 100 or more receiving yards and nine touchdown passes caught.
With rounds two and three of the draft underway and the news of Gordon freshly out, the Browns continued to fill voids on both sides of the ball. With their second-round pick, Cleveland selected Nevada lineman Joel Bitonio followed by outside linebacker Christian Kirksey of Iowa in the third.
Making a move late in the third, it looked as though Cleveland would try to address their issues at receiver but went another route, taking running back Terrance West of Towson University.
Up to this point, first-time GM Ray Farmer has done an excellent job for Cleveland. Each specific selection through the first three rounds have filled much-needed gaps the team was desperately in need of. Unfortunately for him, with the blow the organization and fans received, his job just got a lot more complicated as he’ll now have to find a new no. 1 receiver.