NFL Draft 2011: Mel Kiper Says Atlanta Falcons Paid Too Much for Julio Jones
NFL Draft 2011 and Mel Kiper Says Atlanta Falcons Paid Too Much for Julio Jones
When I saw the Atlanta Falcons pick at No. 6 instead of the Cleveland Browns, I knew Mike Holmgren wouldn’t move from that spot unless the offer knocked him off his seat.
When I saw the deal, I understood. The Atlanta Falcons gave up 2011 and 2012 first round picks, a 2011 second round pick and both 2011 and 2012 fourth round picks.
I think that it was way too much for any player and I think the Falcons would’ve been better with the added depth on their team than another receiver.
Mel Kiper’s Analysis:
Before the quarterback light show lit up Radio City early in Round 1, Atlanta made the move that drew the biggest reaction. Let's face it, the Falcons are counting on Jones to be really good, really soon. They gave a boatload of high-value picks for him, and you get a sense that this a team that really views the immediate future as a title window it needs to pursue. I do like the change-of-pace that Rodgers can offer. He offers a pass-catching threat the Falcons can use from that position. They did need the linebacking help, and Dent is a fit there, but this draft is now all about Jones. His talent and physical skills are significant. The only lingering question is whether he can stay healthy. I like Jones, and love Rodgers, but this grade also reflects extraordinary value given up.
I think the Atlanta Falcons paid way too much for Jones and that it will eventually catch up with them when they really start to show their age on defense and there is no one there to pick up the slack.
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