2011 NFL Draft Grades: The Atlanta Falcons Make a Bold Move, Score Low
Two Trade Ups Could Kill Two Drafts
The Atlanta Falcons better hope the can recoup some draft picks for the 2012 draft through some trades this season because they gave up a lot for a few players in 2011.
In a huge trade, the Falcons swapped spots with the Cleveland Browns to draft Julio Jones. The Falcons gave up their first- and fourth-round picks in 2012 plus their -, second-, fourth-, fifth-, and seventh-round picks in 2011 between the Jones trade and the one that resulted in Jacquizz Rodgers.
Matt Ryan now has another great target to throw to and the Falcons now have another option out of the backfield.
The Falcons also drafted a punter, Matt Bosher, in the sixth round before getting the only true steal for them in the seventh round, Cliff Matthews.
Cliff, no relation to Clay or Casey, is a pass rusher who got overlooked by the other 31 teams in the middle rounds. While he does not have the blood relation, he shares his namesakes' penchant for rushing the passer and doing it well.
The Falcons took some big risks, for that they get an "A," but until we see what happens on the field, it is difficult to give the Falcons a high mark for this draft.
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