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It Seems The Browns Foiled The Colts Plans To Select Baylor's Josh Gordon In Supplemental Draft

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; An Indianapolis Colts helmet sits on the Colts table at the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; An Indianapolis Colts helmet sits on the Colts table at the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

The Colts did not select anyone in last week's Supplemental Draft, but the Cleveland Browns did. Just like last year, only one player generated any real buzz prior to the Supplemental Draft, and it was Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon was eventually taken by the Browns with a second round pick, which means they must forfeit a second rounder in next year's real draft.

However, according to Adam Caplan of NFL Sirius/XM radio, the Colts were apparently very serious about selecting Gordon, but they did not feel he was worth a second round pick. Here's Caplan on Indianapolis radio station WFNI late last week:

I can tell you for a fact that the Colts really liked Josh Gordon, who ended up being selected in the second round. It was a little bit too high for the Colts taste, but I think had he been there in the third or fourth, they would have looked to select him.

Cleveland taking Gordon in the second was, for my money, a desperation move. Their wide receiving corps in 2011 was terrible, and drafting Miami's Travis Benjamin in the fourth round of the real draft this year wasn't enough of an upgrade. Gordon seems to have good talent, but a second round pick?

Hell, if the Colts had used a third on Gordon, I'd have been a little grumpy. Using a third rounder on a headcase who got kicked off Baylor last year is almost reckless. Factor in that it is probable that the Colts will need to trade a second round pick in next year's draft to wrench Mike Jenkins away from the Cowboys.

Imagine if a second was given up for Jenkins and a third for Gordon. The Colts, who are not expected to be good this year, would be strapped for quality picks next year.

The Colts did sign linebacker Larry Lumpkin, who entered (but was not selected in) this year's Supplemental Draft.