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ICYMI: The NFL Draft Trade that Shaped the Bengals, Falcons & Browns

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Jul 25, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive lineman

Phil Taylor

(98) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

To make it even sweeter for the Bengals, the rival Browns ended up missing out on both receivers after it appeared they would select whichever one was available at pick no. 6. The Falcons completed a trade with the Browns, allowing Atlanta to select Jones at pick no. 6.

The Browns missed out on drafting an All-Pro caliber receiver that the Bengals would have to face twice every year, and could have shifted the balance in the battle of Ohio to Cleveland.

The Falcons traded their first-, second- and fourth-round picks this year and next year’s first and fourth to the Browns for the sixth overall pick. After the smoke had finally cleared in the 2011 NFL Draft, here’s what the Browns ended up gaining and losing due tot that trade:

Browns gave up:

Julio Jones, WR (#6) to ATL

Justin Houston, DE/LB (#70) to KC (an extra pick given to move up in the 1st Round)

Browns got:

Phil Taylor, DT (moved up from KC)

Greg Little, WR (#59, was ATL’s 2nd Round pick)

Owen Marecic, FB (#124 was ATL’s 4th Round pick)

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