One underrated factor in Cleveland's selection of wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft was the quick success, relatively speaking, that the Browns experienced with Little in 2011.
The aforementioned drops aside, Little progressed fairly well as a rookie, and did so minus the benefit of any offseason work, because of the lockout.
It's clearly not the optimum situation, but Cleveland officials note that Mike Wilson did a nice job with Little last season, and that the wide receivers' coach learned from the experience of preparing a player without participation in minicamps and OTAs.
The situation for Gordon and Wilson will be similar, with very little exposure, none on the field, to the Cleveland offense before camp starts for rookies July 24. Wilson, kind of the unsung guy in the Browns' rationale to aggressively go after Gordon, will be expected to ready the rookie the same way he did Little last season.
Remember, because he was ruled ineligible by North Carolina officials for receiving improper benefits from agents, Little didn't play a single game the season before he was taken by the Browns.
Gordon didn't play at all last season, after transferring to Utah, after he was dismissed by Baylor following a marijuana-related incident. Gordon was also said by Browns' officials to have been very impressive, and notably candid about a background he described as "spotty," during his two-day visit with the team.
The Browns, who brought Gibson to Cleveland last Thursday and Friday, were the lone club to have him in for an official visit.
While just about everyone agrees that Gibson needs plenty of work on his route-running, his football acumen, the ability to translate concepts while working "at the board" and to assimilate principles of the Cleveland offense, were said to be very high.