Mar. 21, 2017
Atlanta Falcons made one of the best trade deals in the history of the NFL
About six years ago Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons took part in a draft-day trade. It ended horribly for one team. The Falcons were able to acquire the No. 6 overall pick from the Browns in exchange for five draft picks (first, second and fourth-round picks in 2011). Plus the Falcons gave up their first and fourth-round picks in 2012.
The Falcons ended up drafting Julio Jones first round and the Browns drafted defensive lineman Phil Taylor, receiver Greg Little, fullback Owen Marecic and quarterback Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson in 2012. I think it is quite obvious who got screwed over by the trade deal. Look at who is still performing now and who isn't even relevant anymore. If it is not obvious, Jones has outscored five of the Browns' draft picks by far.
The Browns will have another opportunity to draft well with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft after going 1-15 this season. Will they learn from their mistakes and finally draft a franchise player?
What if Jones was still with the Browns?