Much was made of the Falcons decision to up to No. 6 overall and select WR Julio Jones during last year’s draft, which wound up sending four picks to Browns. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com takes a look at what Cleveland was able to do with these selections.
Last year the Browns came away with FB Owen Marecic, WR Greg Little and NT Phil Taylor and added QB Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall pick this year’s draft. The other selection that they received from the trade, No. 118 in 2012, was part of the deal that allowed them to trade up for Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Taylor and Little are still young and have a shot to become quality players, but their 2011 seasons weren’t exactly great. Pro Football Focus had Taylor rated as the No. 77 defensive tackle out of 88, while Little was rated as the No. 114 receiver out of 115. Marecic ranked slightly below average last season.
Weeden will ultimately be the determining factor in this trade as a successful season could turn things around for Little and possibly even Marecic. Their passing attack has been terrible in recent year’s, so at least they have a wildcard that could payoff big in the long run.
Jones is clearly the best player involved in this trade, even though it’s been only one calender year since it was completed, but the Falcons gave up the opportunity to draft an extra four players, so that too should be factored into the deal.
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