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2011 NFL Draft Trades: Falcons Trade Up With Browns, Select WR Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons have traded a 2011 second and fourth round pick, as well as a 2012 first and fourth round pick in order to choose wide receiver Julio Jones from the University of Alabama. Coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff have decided Jones was a can't miss prospect and jumped the board to make him a part of their NFC South team.

The Falcons are a team on the cusp of success, and the difference-maker might just be a freakish athlete like Jones. He will save Matt Ryan on any misthrow, he can create separation on even the most basic routes, and most importantly he is a tremendous target in the redzone.

I can't mention his physicality as a wideout without owing the NFL Network some money, but yeah, Julio is a big boy. And he makes his teammates better. A smart deal by the Red Sox of the NFC South, if you will.