Josh Gordon was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, and faced an uphill battle into the NFL after a number of key drug issues while at Baylor.
Playing alongside future NFL players such as Robert Griffin III, Terrance Williams, and Kendall Wright helped prove that his NFL potential was no fluke.
His measurable were outstanding, coming in at 6'4", 225 pounds, and posting a 4.32 40-yard dash.
While measurables aren't the tell tale sign of a successful NFL player, they certainly help.
After Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns, there was much thought that he would start right away, in a receiver-lacking offense.
Week 5 was when Gordon really came on as a go-to deep threat for rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. Hauling in just two passes for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns is an impressive rookie showing, however, he eclipsed the 100-yard mark just once.
After his average rookie season in Cleveland, he looked to become the No. 1 target for quarterback Brandon Weeden. After a relatively quiet offseason for the Browns, the NFL suspended Gordon two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Gordon also was required to also forfeit four game checks. Gordon claimed he had strep throat in February and took the cough medicine without realizing it contained codeine. Per Sirius XM Radio's Adam Caplan, the Browns have been "privately very concerned with Gordon for months," and his suspension was "hardly" a surprise.
The Browns must be without Gordon when facing the Miami Dolphins and defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. While the Ravens' secondary has taken a hit, it is a key division matchup that the Browns cannot afford to lose.
In Week 1, facing the Dolphins' bolstered secondary will prove to be the demise of the Browns' offense. With Gordon out in the first two weeks, it seems more than likely that the Browns start of their season 0-2.