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Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me


This is low-hanging fruit, and I do not mean to bum out fans of the Browns this morning. But it is stunning how little the Browns got out of a trade that should have set up the franchise with a treasure trove of talent four years ago.

In April 2011—two coaches and two general managers ago—the Browns traded the sixth pick in the draft to Atlanta for two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks. Atlanta picked wide receiver Julio Jones, who caught 104 passes for 1,593 yards last year, and earned a five-year, $72-million contract extension Saturday with the Falcons.

From the five picks in that trade, there is one player left on the Browns: backup defensive tackle Phil Taylor (who played 11 snaps as a backup Saturday night in Tampa). Cleveland drafted Danny Shelton in the first round this year, and Shelton has made Taylor, riddled by injury and unimpactful as a Brown, obsolete. Already gone:

• Quarterback Brandon Weeden (first round, 2012), who lasted two seasons. He was 5-15 as a starter, and now backs up Tony Romo in Dallas.

• Wide receiver Greg Little (second round, 2011), released in May 2014 after being a marginal starter and catching 155 balls in three seasons.

• Fullback Owen Marecic (fourth round, 2011), released in 2013. He had four carries in two seasons for the Browns.

The 2012 fourth-round pick was used in a package of three picks in 2012 to move up one spot in the first round so the Browns could take running back Trent Richardson with the third overall pick in 2012. Richardson lasted 17 starless games in Cleveland before being traded to Indianapolis, and now is fighting for a roster spot in Oakland.

But there is a Paul Harvey rest-of-the-story here.

In order to draft Taylor, the Browns had to move up from 27 to 21 in the first round of the 2011 draft. GM Tom Heckert traded the 27th and 70th picks to Kansas City for the 21st overall pick.

With the 70th pick in the 2011 draft, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli chose Georgia linebacker Justin Houston.

Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks last year.

Heckert begat Mike Lombardi/Joe Banner, who begat Ray Farmer. Coach Pat Shurmur begat Rob Chudzinski, who begat Mike Pettine.

And the beat goes on.

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Guest facelessman07

Well to be fair the Browns have whiffed on many picks in the last several years

Joe Thomas and Joe Haden being notable exceptions. Joe squared

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It could have just as easily been us who missed on all those picks. This "debate" is for all the TD trolls, armchair GM's, hindsight morons who think crystal balls exist.

Exactly. TD swung for the fences on Julio and if he didn't hit a grand slam (a Super Bowl), dude definitely got a home run.

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Well this will open a can of worms. Capt Hindsight will be along shortly to explain all the pro bowlers he would've drafted with those picks we gave up for a "shiny hood ornament"

I'll never how insufferable he was that year Laurent Robinson played with the Cowboys. he saw it the whole time and was big on him. haven't heard a peep from him since

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If I remember correctly, TD said in an interview had we stayed put, they would've taken Gabe Carimi. That should end any debate whether or not we are better off.

Gabe Carimi was good enough to have been the target of a Saints bounty. That's how he got hurt: a dirty play by a filthy Saint. Had we drafted him, there is no guarantee he gets targeted by the Saints, and never gets hurt: thus continuing along the trajectory of "elite offensive lineman", and none mother than Mike Tice called him as a rookie.

The league found that the Saints program targeted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in 2011. The Chicago Bears suspected that quarterback Jay Cutler had been targeted during the team’s 2011 week 2 meeting. During the game, offensive tackle Gabe Carimi suffered a dislocated kneecap injury, knocking him out of the season. Wide receiver Earl Bennett left the game after a late hit, and quarterback Cutler was kicked in the throat by a Saints defender, rendering him less able to call signals during the second half.


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