Thursday, April 28, 2011
Browns make huge trade with Atlanta
By James Walker
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns hinted that they would trade down from the No. 6 overall pick. On Thursday night they found a dancing partner in the Atlanta Falcons.
Cleveland moved down -- way down -- to acquire more picks in the next two drafts. Atlanta took former University of Alabama receiver Julio Jones at No. 6.
To make the move, the Browns acquired Atlanta's No. 27 overall pick and second- and fourth-round picks this year, in addition to Atlanta's first- and fourth-round picks in 2012.
If the Browns stay put at No. 27, there will be a lot of debate whether the Browns had to move down this far. Coming off a 5-11 season, they have a lot of holes to fill. But the Browns also need impact players to close the gap with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
It's already a busy night here at Browns headquarters. Stay tuned.