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Clayton Says The Browns a Winner Early in the Draft

Already there’s speculation about who are winners and losers after just a round of the 2011 NFL Draft. John Clayton of ESPN says that the Browns came out ahead early after their deal with the Falcons.

Earlier in the day, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy said that team management was going to get him some offensive help. Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones would have been the perfect choice with the sixth pick in the first round. But sometimes teams can make offers you can’t refuse, and that’s what Atlanta did. Browns boss Mike Holmgren traded the No. 6 pick (Jones) to Atlanta, dropping down 21 picks in the first round but gaining a second-rounder, a fourth-rounder and two picks next year — in the first and fourth rounds. Sure, it would have been nice to add a big, fast threat for McCoy and the offense. But the Falcons feel they might be one offensive player from a trip to the Super Bowl, while the Browns have to rebuild an entire roster. The Browns had to take that offer.

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