Originally Posted by StateProperty
by the way, does that trade sting for you RBA?
Oh, absolutely not. In fact, quite the opposite.
Let's not just look at Jones and his potential, but what they gave up to us and the potential of those picks. I know that the Browns are not a glamour team, so their pieces aren't as well known, but let's discuss.
The Browns gave up Julio Jones.
They got, in exchange...
1. Phil Taylor - He is a DT who has looked absolutely dynamite in the newly installed 4-3 defense. He and Rubin could be a force in the middle for years to come in a conference wherein, if you aren't strong up the middle of your defense, you might as well not show up.
2. Greg Little - Shows a lot of promise. He is coming back from a year off of football and you can see some of the rust at times, but you can also see the potential. He has all of the physical tools to be a very good receiver in this league.
3. Owen Marecic - Fullback who I expected more out of, honestly. However, our West Coast Offense is still a work in progress and he was brought in to be that kind of WCO fullback. In time, this might end up being a real asset. Time will tell.
in 2012 - Quite honestly... As much as I am excited about Taylor's great start and his potential down the line, this may be the best part of that trade. The 2012 draft is going to be absolutely loaded. It is being hailed as the best in a long, long time.
We are the only team in the league with two
first round picks. On top of that, I think everyone expected this to be a late-round pick and it still may be, but the Falcons are 2-3 right now and they have a very difficult schedule for the remainder of the season.
This could end up being a Top 15 pick and, if it is, celebrations will ensue in Cleveland.
in 2012 - We all know that impact players can be found anywhere in the draft and GMs tend to hold on to picks in the first four rounds as if their lives depended on it. Well, now we have two fourth-rounders, as well. These could be used to sure-up a roster that is in construction or packaged to move up and attain an additional third-rounder or even a second-rounder, if Holmgren and Heckert are sure on a prospect.
Honestly, I don't care how good Julio ends up... This was a great deal. We aren't in the position of our rebuild to expect one guy to fix things. We had too many holes to fill and the Falcons -- believing that they were one piece away -- may have been just what the doctor ordered.
On top of all that, if we end up with Justin Blackmon next year, which is what I'm hoping with one of our first two picks, I feel that we have the better receiver of the two, anyway.
Blackmon looks like Greg Jennings 2.0 to me. This class is deep and filled with talent, across the board.