According to the Beacon Journal, via Pro Football Talk, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur on Tuesday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club called the trade with the Atlanta Falcons “probably one of the greatest trades in draft history.”
Shurmur is clearly putting the cart before the horse.
For it to be one of the greatest trades ever the trade has to work out so well in the Browns favor, and right now that isn’t even close as they haven’t even played a down. Right now the gold standard is the “The Great Train Robbery” where Dallas Cowboys running back Herschel Walker was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a slew of picks and players. The trade landed the Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, five time Pro Bowl safety Darren Woodson and wide receiver Alvin Harper who was the second wide receiver during the Cowboys first two Superbowls in the 1990s.
This past April the Browns received an extra second round and fourth round draft pick that resulted in wide receiver Greg Little (59th overall) and running back Owen Mareric, along with an extra first round and second round pick in 2012.
So, that means the Browns would have to hit big time on Little and their first round pick to even justify it.
As for the Atlanta Falcons, who traded up for to take wide receiver Julio Jones, Jones would have to turn into a Pro Bowl wide receiver and help them get to the NFC Conference Championship game and the Superbowl.
In the end, only time will tell on how this trade will measure out in the history of the National Football League Draft.