2013 Outlook: The history of supplemental draft picks who made a major impact is a short one. The last great skill-position player taken in the supplemental draft was probably Rob Moore in 1990, but Gordon is off to a strong start. A tall, lithe player with good (if not elite) speed, Gordon could benefit from Rob Chudzinski's aggressive passing attack. But there are a couple of problems. The first is QB Brandon Weeden. The second is that Gordon tested positive for marijuana three times in college, and will be suspended for the first two games of 2013 for a new drug-related offense. There's immense upside in Gordon, but one more strike and he could be suspended for a year.
2013 Outlook: In 2011, Little finished second among rookies with 61 grabs, but he took a step back in his sophomore campaign. He had seven drops and irritated coaches with his after-the-catch antics. There's potential in the Browns' passing offense with Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner running things, as we can expect Cleveland to be far more vertical in '13. Plus, Josh Gordon is suspended for this season's first two games, giving Little a chance to get a toehold. More consistency from Little and QB Brandon Weeden would help rescue some value out of a player who frustrated fantasy owners in '12.
2013 Outlook: The Browns let TEs Ben Watson and Alex Smith walk this winter, and only signed blocker Kellen Davis to replace them, which is a pretty good indication that Cameron has an inside track to start in 2013. That could go very well. He's a 6-foot-5, 245-pound athlete who runs a 4.59 40-yard dash. But it would take a leap of faith to believe he's ready, because Cameron has caught 26 total passes in two pro seasons. The fact that Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner are designing Cleveland's offense is a good thing, because they historically emphasize the tight end. (See: Gates, Antonio.) But are Cameron and QB Brandon Weeden advanced enough to implement such a game plan?
2013 Outlook: With the additions of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller, plus the re-signing of Brian Hartline, Bess was no longer needed in Miami. The Browns traded for him during April's draft, and plan on using his short-area skills out of the slot. Bigger-play wideouts Josh Gordon and Greg Little will see their values spike more if Brandon Weeden figures it out in 2013, but Bess will just go ahead and make 50-plus catches, as he's done in all five of his pro seasons. As always, though, he's really only of interest in deeper PPR leagues.
2013 Outlook: Ogonnaya has seen some passing-down work for the Browns over the past couple seasons, but could be relied upon for more than that in '13. As of this writing, he's pretty much the last veteran standing in Cleveland; we expect that he'll already spell Trent Richardson some on third downs, and should T-Rich get hurt, Ogbonnaya would probably play a big part in replacing him. He's by no means a Richardson handcuff, but he's in the mix.
2013 Outlook: McGahee will be 32 in October and lost the final six games of last season because of a broken leg, and when the Broncos drafted Montee Ball in April, the writing was on the wall. This summer, McGahee will seek to latch on somewhere as a veteran part of a platoon. When healthy, he moves the pile, has a bit of agility left, and is very good in pass protection. But wherever he lands, we'd expect him to serve more as a mentor than a bell cow.
2013 Outlook: If new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and coordinator Norv Turner could draw up their ideal QB, it would be a big-armed, vertical passer with enough size to take hits and enough accuracy to thread the needle. Weeden has the arm and the size, but he completed 57.4 percent of his throws in '12 and had 17 picks. Most troublesome is his lead-footed lack of athleticism and his propensity to lock onto his first read. The good news is Cleveland's passing offense should look much more exciting this year. The bad news is we're not sold Weeden will take advantage.
2013 Outlook: To us, Cleveland's personnel has been screaming "3-4" for a couple years, and new coordinator Ray Horton is finally obliging. Phil Taylor is a prototypical nose tackle, Ahtyba Rubin should be a beast run-stopping left end, and Paul Kruger will get a chance to be the team's featured pass rusher opposite Jabaal Sheard. This has the makings of an exciting front seven. T.J. Ward and Joe Haden are great on the back end, though there's no corner depth and free safety is a void. This D/ST could make a leap, but it's got a lot of moving parts.
2013 Outlook: Campbell started only one game as the Bears' backup QB last year and played poorly, ensuring he wouldn't be handed a starting job anywhere in '13. However with the Browns, Campbell will at least get a shot to unseat Brandon Weeden in training camp. We'd make Weeden the favorite if only because Campbell's upper limits are pretty well known: He can make all the throws, but he'll always hurt you with a mistake. Still, Weeden turns 30 in October and didn't exactly shine in '12, plus he was drafted by a previous administrative staff. It's not impossible Campbell starts some this year.