The Julio Jones Trade That Back Fired

The Falcons gave up value draft picks in 2011 in order to climb up to the #6 spot. They did so in an effort to draft Julio Jones. A move that has clearly worked out for the Super Bowl bound NFC South team, and a deal that did not work as well for the team on the other end of the deal...

Would it shock you to find out that the other team is the Cleveland Browns? Look at what they wound up with instead of nabbing Julio Jones: 

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All in all, the Falcons sent the Browns a first-round pick (No. 27), a second-round pick (No. 59) and a fourth-round pick (No. 124) in 2011, and also chipped in the No. 1 pick in 2012 (No. 22) and their No. 4 pick in 2012 (No. 118).

he first-round pick in 2011 was used to trade up and select defensive tackle Phil Taylor. The next three picks were used on Greg Little, Owen Marecic and Brandon Weeden, while the fourth-round selection in 2012 was sent in the package deal that landed the Browns Trent Richardson. Ouch.

Richardson was eventually dealt to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick, so the Browns recouped some of his value, but that pick was used on Johnny Manziel

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