Remember when Cleveland was on Julio Jones
Looking back, the Browns essentially traded Julio Jones.
It was in 2011, the Browns were 6th in the 2011 NFL Draft. The whole world wanted them to take Julio Jones if he was still there to choose. 6. He was. The fans were thrilled. Then they weren’t. The Browns traded with the Atlanta Falcons, and the Falcons took Jones there. It was during Tom Heckert’s time with the team, so you know in hindsight that was not going to be a good thing.
Cleveland traded to the 26th pick and picked up a second and fourth round pick in 2011, as well as a first and fourth round pick in 2012. Not bad. Not great.
Heckert’s entire claim to fame as Browns chief executive was drafting Joe Haden and TJ Ward. He had Jordan Cameron in 2011, but it was luckier than anything else. The Browns finished negotiating at the 21st pick and gave up a third round to do so and drafted DT Phil Taylor. Ironically, Peyton Hillis announced the Cleveland pick that year.
What could possibly go wrong?
The Browns also drafted WR Greg Little and FB Owen Marecic to shut down the Falcons ‘2011 picks. In 2012, the Browns used the Falcons’ picks to draft quarterback Brandon Weedon in the first round and then packed their fourth-round pick. in a deal with Denver to pick up DT John Hughes. Not great.
Taylor, Little, Marecic, Weedon and Hughes for Jones.
Not the only mistake that day.
Missing Julio Jones in 2011 was bad enough. The Browns also missed JJ Watt, Mike Pouncey, Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Jordan and Cameron Heyward. Clevland didn’t fail, as in 2012 they missed David DeCastro, Dont’a Hightower and Harrison Smith.
Considering all of the talented players Cleveland has passed on, and all of that stemming from the fact that they thought they could maximize choice in a trade, this is truly becoming one of the worst deals ever.
Trading for Jones is no longer doing anyone any good and only puts the Browns in a more difficult position in terms of wages in the future. Cleveland has a chance to avoid a second bad Jones-centric trade.
Hopefully this time they pay attention to it.