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The Julio Jones trade is by far the biggest move that Heckert and Holmgren have ever pulled.
Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the rear-view mirror (anyone have a 2013 NFL mock draft?), we are now able to calculate the final tally of what exactly the Browns pulled in.
Sent the 6th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Julio Jones) to the Atlanta Falcons
Sent the 27th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Jonathan Baldwin, which became Phil Taylor)
Sent the 59th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Greg Little)
Sent the 124th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft (Owen Marecic)
Sent the 22nd overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft (Brandon Weeden)
Sent the 118th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft (Jarius Wright) to the Browns, who flipped it to Minnesota
You are probably wondering why Jonathan Baldwin is listed. The Browns sent the 70th overall selection, along with the 27th selection in the '11 draft to move up and take Phil Taylor.
The other part of this equation is the Browns moving some picks around in both drafts. The Browns sent the 4th rounder from Atlanta in '12 to the Minnesota Vikings as part of the package to move up and take Trent Richardson. I don't think the Browns would have blinked at adding a 4th round selection to get Richardson, even if the Julio Jones trade hadn't happened. So, if you follow the bouncing ball, the Jones trade allowed the Browns to stay in the 4th round and select WR Travis Benjamin.
So, let's get the final break down.
Browns have Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Owen Marecic, Brandon Weeden and Travis Benjamin.
They missed out on Julio Jones and Justin Houston (the 3rd round selection the Browns gave up to move up in the 1st round to get Phil Taylor)
Before the 2012 NFL season starts, the Browns have already gotten 41 starts from the group of players on their roster. When you consider that Weeden will be the starting Quarterback next season, if the '11 group stays healthy (which is a coin flip) the Browns will have gotten 105 starts from this group over two seasons.
The most that the Falcons could end up with over that time is 29 starts for Julio.
Of course, starts is only one way to judge a trade. Who is the best player? Right now, Julio Jones looks like the better Wide Receiver in the group, but Greg Little has the talent to make this a lot closer than many people think.
The wildcard is Weeden.
If Weeden ends up being the Quarterback that H&H think he is, then he instantly becomes the best pick in this entire trade. The starting DT, FB, WR and developmental WR are all just icing on a delicious cake.
If Weeden busts, the Browns still got an incredible value of out Julio Jones. Everyone keeps saying the H&H put their stamp on the Browns with this draft, but people need to realize that they started this stamping with the robbery of the Atlanta Falcons in the Julio Jones trade.
So, after the 2012 NFL Draft, which would you rather have?
Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Owen Marecic, Brandon Weeden, Travis Benjamin (920 votes)
Julio Jones (459 votes)
1379 total votes