As rumored earlier, the Falcons did indeed trade up in the first round and took one of the top wide receivers with the sixth pick in the draft by taking Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
The Falcons traded their first, second, and fourth round picks this year, along with their first and fourth picks in 2012 to swap with the Cleveland Browns.
The Falcons were likely attracted to Jones unique blend of size and speed, coupled with his ability to generate big plays on what was the league’s 32nd ranked team in terms of generating 20+ yard pass plays. Jones is also known for his physicality and ability as a blocker, which should mesh well opposite Roddy White and with the Falcons physical run-oriented offensive attack.
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