The Browns were active, to say the least, Thursday night during the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and they ultimately ended up picking Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor 21st overall. Here's a breakdown of their two draft-day trades:
- They traded the sixth overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the Falcons' picks in the first (No. 27), second (No. 59) and fourth (No. 124) rounds this year, plus the Falcons' first- and fourth-round picks in 2012. The Falcons used the sixth overall pick to take Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
- Later, the Browns traded the 27th pick and their original third-round selection (No. 70) to the Kansas City Chiefs, thus moving up to No. 21, where they drafted Taylor.
Some fans think the Browns should have just stayed at No. 6 and taken Jones. Others like the first trade, but don't understand the second one. Some think all the moves made sense and should be applauded.
Meanwhile, reactions to Taylor as the Browns' first-round pick have also been mixed.
General Manager Tom Heckert said Taylor was high on the Browns' draft board, and he felt they could have missed a chance to take him if they stayed at No. 27. "We just thought he was such a good player where we had him that it was too risky for us to not get him," Heckert said.
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