Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s petition for reinstatement has been denied by the NFL after he failed a drug test in March, according to a report from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Gordon’s sample, collected in March, tested positive for marijuana and dilute, which has given commissioner Roger Goodell pause in reinstating the receiver after a year-long ban for multiple failed drug tests, according to a report from Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.
Both the “A” and “B” samples in the NFL-administered drug test in March came back positive for marijuana, though it was below the positive test threshold of 35 nanograms per milliliter. Unfortunately for Gordon, the presence of a diluted sample automatically makes it a positive test.
“I think they’re investigating too much,” John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, said in a radio interview after the incident, via the Buffalo News. “They need to just move on with it. If he does not charge the group of individuals that were there that night, that’s an absolute disrespect to Philadelphia police officers.”
I think Eli Apple and Reggie Ragland would have also presented solid investments in a defense in desperate need of talent (both taken ahead of our pick). As it stands, Billings appears to have both the mindset and physical attributes to make material contributions in Washington from the outset. More than just a run-stuffer and space-occupier, Billings will be a playmaker in the NFL. Besides, what could go wrong with a first-round pick out of Baylor?
Analysis: The desire to get Kelly is understanable considering he’s the top player at his position in the draft this year. But there is a good class of centers in this year’s draft, so Washington could fill that need with a good player later (someone like Nick Martin of Notre Dame comes to mind). Considering that, I love the pick of Billings. It’s been common in a lot of my mock drafts because he’s so adept at stuffing the run and disrupting the pocket, two fatal flaws in Washington’s defense.
“If there’s a pass play most running backs can’t block, Zeke picks up every block, he goes down the field 20 yards to cut-block the safety,” Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell told Ralph Russo of the Associated Press. “In practice we don’t cut block each other, but he has let me know it’s coming down. He comes flying down and he’s telling me, ‘Oooo, Tyvis I got you now.’ I’m like, ‘You’re right.’ When I see him on the next level, I know what it is. He know I know. I know he know I know.”
In an era where fewer running backs get selected early in the NFL Draft, Elliott is considered a surefire first-round pick. That has plenty to do with the burst and evasiveness that led to eye-popping stats — 6.3 yards per carry and 23 touchdowns in 2015 — but his completeness as a running back adds tremendously to his value.
While many running backs are only a weapon when the ball is in their hands, Elliott’s ability to block and keep blitzers off of quarterbacks makes him a player who is valuable to have on the field for every offensive snap.