By now, Cleveland Browns (and Atlanta Falcons) fans are all aware of just what Atlanta gave-up to grab their prized Draft Pick – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama.
Incase you don’t know, here’s a recap:
Atlanta Falcons Received:
Cleveland’s 2011 1st Round Draft Pick (#6, selected Julio Jones, WR)
Cleveland Browns Received:
Atlanta’s 2011 1st Round Draft Pick (#27, selected Phil Taylor, DT)
Atlanta’s 2011 2nd Round Draft Pick (#59, selected Greg Little, WR)
Atlanta’s 2011 4th Round Draft Pick (#124, Owen Marecic, FB)
Atlanta’s 2012 1st Round Draft Pick
Atlanta’s 2012 4th Round Draft Pick
By completing the trade, the Browns now find themselves with TWO 1st Round Draft Picks in next year’s NFL Draft. Obviously, the worse the Falcons do, the better the pick for the Browns.
The Falcons probably counted on being 3-0 to start the season, and, looking at the “trade value chart”, were honestly thinking they could make this an even trade by finishing with the best record in the NFL.
With the Browns projected to be, once again, in the Top 10 in next year’s draft, it was likely that GM Tom Heckert and President, Mike Holmgren, were banking on a pick in the top and bottom half of next year’s draft.
That, however, has not necessarily been the case. Now, I realize that there’s still a lot of football to be played, and anything can happen between now and next year’s draft, but as it is, the Browns are playing their way into the bottom half of the draft, while the Falcons are heading towards the top.
Browns fans everywhere are praying for a unsuccessful season for the Atlanta Falcons, and for good reason. Two 1st Round Draft picks gives Heckert and Holmgren a lot of fire power heading into the draft. The Browns are still a team with obvious holes on both sides of the ball, but at worst, could use the picks to add depth to the team. We all know how much the Browns front office covets draft picks, but with the possibility of adding two starters in the first round, it’s hard to imagine “H&H” passing on the opportunity to add not one – but two first round talents.
So, here’s how the Atlanta Falcons have faired so far on the 2011 NFL Season.
Wins: Philadelphia Eagles (35-31)
Losses: @ Chicago Bears (30-12), @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16-13)
Power Rankings: FoxSports.com (14th), ESPN.com (19th), WhatIfSports.com (8th), Various Sites: 15th, 16th, 13th, 20th, 16th & 16th.
Up Next: @ Seattle Seahawks
– This is a game the Falcons should win, and win big. However, they really should be 3-0 right now, and with the talent the Falcons have, there’s no doubt that this season has been a downer for the team and Falcons Nation.
The Seahawks are in the running for the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes, and don’t provide much competition, although they did win last week against the Arizona Cardinals. The Falcons should be able to even their record on the season, defeating the shameful Seahawks.
Games Before Their Bye Week in Week 8 – @ Seattle, Green Bay, Carolina, @ Detroit
The Falcons are looking at potentially a 3-4 record before their Bye Week, although 4-3 is probably more like it.
Here’s to a woeful Atlanta season, and a Top 10 2012 NFL Draft Pick – not earned by the Browns – in next year’s draft! Go Browns!