"I think I was just a big fan of his overall game, his prowess on it," Gordon said Friday on "SVP & Russillo" on ESPN Radio, before "Outside the Lines" reported the substance-abuse policy violation. "His outlook on it. His fire and ambition and will to win was greater than I think any other prospect in the draft.
"Despite all the mixed reviews and the media downsizing him, his perseverance seemed to be a lot greater than that. I saw something a lot deeper than just his talent that could take us to the next level."
The potential Gordon suspension isn't the only bad news the Browns have received.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson recently fractured his left arm in minicamp, sources familiar with the situation told Mortensen. The fracture is in the same arm Burleson broke last season. It is not expected to keep him out of the start of training camp, but he is expected to miss the remainder of the offseason program.
Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and ESPN.com Browns reporter Pat McManamon was used in this report.