Yeah, the [intlink id=”127″ type=”category”]Atlanta Falcons[/intlink] and their nondescript, no-personality, never-won-a-playoff-game quarterback are a decent team. They still looked like a naked, drunken whore when the Green Bay Packers showed up and bent them over the kitchen table in the playoffs, though.
After the Packers were done pounding away, the Falcons were sent home with a sore ass and the numbers 48-21 tattooed on their brains.
So what do the Falcons do when the NFL Draft rolls around?
The Falcons traded up to the No. 6 pick last night to nab Alabama receiver Julio Jones.
Jones (6-3, 220) is a great prospect. He totaled 78 receptions, 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010. He’s big, he’s strong and he can get deep, so he’s pretty much everything you could want in a receiver.
On top of that, the Falcons have needed a complement for Roddy White for years. The slobs they’ve been trotting out as their No. 2 receiver would be the No. 3 guy, at best, on most other NFL teams. The Falcons offense suddenly looks pretty scary. That is, if Matt “Dink-and-Dunk” Ryan can actually make some throws over five yards.
So, hey, great pick, Atlanta.
Take a look at what the Falcons gave up for the opportunity to select Jones, though.
In the 2011 NFL Draft, they parted with pick No. 27, their second- and fourth-round selections. AND…
In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Falcons gave up their first- and fourth-round picks.
That’s five picks for one guy, three in the second round or above.
So who fleeced these assholes to the tune of five draft picks? None other than The Walrus, himself — [intlink id=”180″ type=”category”]Mike Holmgren[/intlink], president of the [intlink id=”380″ type=”category”]Cleveland Browns[/intlink].
The Falcons obviously think Jones will help them put up more points and he very well may.
At least the offense is taken care of.
Now, if Jones can just cover [intlink id=”138″ type=”category”]Greg Jennings[/intlink] or [intlink id=”22″ type=”category”]Jordy Nelson[/intlink], the Falcons have a clear path to the Super Bowl.
This is absolute insanity. WR is the most overrated position in the NFL. The Bengals and Broncos had two of the best WR cores in the league, and they both sucked last year.
You win in this league by stopping people. If Atlanta was going to give up 5 picks to move up, it should have been to draft Patrick Peterson. Jones could be a decent WR, but 5 picks for HIM? Idiocy!
He wasn’t even the best WR in the draft!? I feel sorry for the guy, there’s no way he can ever live up to this.
Julio has and will continue live up to all the hype. Clearly the best receiver with only room to grow. Julio DIDN’T have to carry his team as A.J. Green did, which is the reason I think A.J. is rated higher. Put Julio in the same situation as A.J. and he would be everyone’s #1 rated. Different stage now so we will see soon.- Great move by Falcons
Even worse, the Bengals supposedly passed on a similar offer from the Falcons, I imagine it had to be even slightly more enticing at their spot, to draft a WR.
We can only hope he drops half as many passes as James Jones.
horrible horrible horrible move. he literally needs jerry rice statistics to live up to this trade.