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The Draft Trade that Blessed Bengals & Falcons, but Screwed the Browns

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Dec. 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback

Brandon Weeden

(3) gets away from Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) in the second quarter at Cleveland Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

So to recap, the Browns traded Julio Jones to the Falcons for pick no. 27, then traded Justin Houston, a Pro Bowl DE/LB and one of best young pass-rushers in football, to move up to take defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who has been decent, but missed half of last year with a pectoral injury.

In 2012, the Browns used their 22nd overall pick (acquired from ATL) on Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has been average “at-best” thus far, and at age 28, he doesn’t exactly have much room to improve.

They used the rest of the picks acquired from Atlanta to draft offensive tackle Ryan Miller and DT John Hughes. Those are two serviceable players, but what the Browns were able to get for the trade that cost them Julio Jones doesn’t even come close to equal value.

Overall, this was a disaster for the Browns, but sadly, we’ve come to expect that from them.

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