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By Mike Wilkening

The Browns’ selection of former Baylor WR Josh Gordon in Thursday’s supplemental draft adds to the competition at the position. Gordon, WR Greg Little and WR-RS-special-teams standout Joshua Cribbs have to be considered locks to make the club, and speedy fourth-rounder Travis Benjamin — the only other wideout Cleveland has drafted in 2012 — would seem likely to have a good chance to make the roster, too. 

But what about the rest of the club’s wide receivers?

Fourth-year pro Mohamed Massaquoi earned praise in the spring from president Mike Holmgren and head coach Pat Shurmur, and Shurmur said in May that Massaquoi and Little were the top two wide receivers at that time. If Massaquoi indeed shows signs that he’s ready to have a “breakout year,” as Holmgren said he was capable of in June, then he will help his case to be a part of this offense. He’s in the last year of his contract, and this is an important season for him — a reality driven home all the more by the addition of Gordon, whose entrance may affect Massaquoi more than any of the Browns’ other wideouts, the way we hear it. Likewise, the pressure is on third-year pro Carlton Mitchell, who’s played sparingly in his first two NFL seasons.

Jordan Norwood, who caught 23 passes a season ago, is the incumbent slot receiver, with rookie Josh Cooper his main competition.

Gordon, who didn’t play college football in 2011, now faces the challenge of learning how to be a pro. Make no mistake, though — he’ll get the time he needs to do so. If the Browns have to be patient with Gordon, they will, for they just spent their 2013 second-round pick to acquire him.  

The clock ticks faster for others, however.

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