Cleveland Browns: Coach Calls Draft Deal with Atlanta the 'Best Ever'
Trade Down With Atlanta Gave Cleveland More Picks
The Atlanta Falcons decided Julio Jones was too good to pass up and were willing to pay a hefty premium to move up in the draft to get his services.
The Browns collected five picks in the move, including a first- and fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Browns did trade back up a few spots to select Phil Taylor, but the haul they got out of this year's draft was much greater than anyone thought it was going to be prior to the event.
''I think we did great,'' Shurmur said. ''I don't care what anybody says. But we obviously started off the draft by making a historic trade, probably one of the greatest trades in draft history, when we traded with [the] Atlanta [Falcons] — our sixth pick to get to [No.] 27, eventually up to [No.] 21 — because we felt like we needed help in areas and based on the talent, based on what other teams around us were gonna do and based on what we needed, we felt like that was the perfect thing to do.''
The Browns are rebuilding, so having 12 draft picks still would not have been enough. The Browns are in the middle of a complete roster overhaul. Most of the players on the team in 2009 will not be on this squad in 2011, especially on the defense.
The offense already has seen a major makeover and now it is a matter of developing the talent.
The true value of the trade will not be known for the Browns for at least three years as we have yet to see who they will take with their 2012 picks.
Colt McCoy is the leader on offense for now, and Shurmur was very excited in talking about McCoy's strengths. He also pointed out how fast the coaching staff reacted to the temporary lifting of the lockout during the draft and feels confident the staff can get the team up and running in a relatively short time depending on how the labor situation plays out.
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