In Hindsight, It Was Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones, And The Atlanta Falcons Picked The Wrong Guy

Terence Moore

Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson?

Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones?

In so many ways, they're the same future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver, but you know what?

When it comes to the Atlanta Falcons, I'm going with Johnson over Jones, and I hear what you're saying . . . 

Didn't Johnson retire five NFL seasons ago from the Detroit Lions, and isn't Jones still going to Pro Bowls for the Falcons, with no end in sight?

Yep, but here's the rest of the story.

Five months before the 2007 NFL Draft, I wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution urging the Falcons to pull a Michael Vick . . . you know, trade draft picks to jump from No. 10 overall to No. 1 or No. 2 to snatch Johnson, the hometown boy in his final season as a college megastar in Atlanta at Georgia Tech.

It was a no-brainer.

Well, so I thought, especially since the Falcons had 11 picks, tied for the most of any team for that particular draft.

The Falcons did trade up. 

(Imagine me shaking my head).

In a deal that sent Falcons backup Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans, the two teams swapped first-round picks to put the Falcons at No. 8, where they drafted Jamaal Anderson, the noted bust of a defensive end.

The Lions made Johnson the No. 2 pick overall, and he spent nine years sprinting toward Canton before he retired after the 2015 season at 30. He likely had five, seven, who knows how many years left to shine at a high level?

He just didn't want to play for the Lions anymore.

If the Falcons did what they should have done in that 2007 draft, Johnson still would be happy and vibrant as an NFL stud in Atlanta while heading into this season at 35.

Which means the Falcons wouldn't have completed one of the worst trades in NFL history by sending five draft picks to the Cleveland Browns for the sixth pick overall in the 2011 NFL Draft to grab Jones.

Which means 28-3 wouldn't have happened . . . maybe.

I'll explain in this version of Saving The Falcons.

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Comments (4)
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Bigg2245
Bigg2245

Man gtfoh pointless shit

tstreet04
tstreet04

I've heard the name Terrance Moore before...but he is not too bright. While typing...I remember he was on the Michael Vick documentary. I guess "every brother is not a brother".

GetRealman
GetRealman

ARE YOU FUCKING MORONIC?! JOHNSON IS SHIT compared to Jones. GET Real the only reason Johnson had ANYWHERE NEAR the numbers was he got 90% of the passed hucked his way BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONLY ONE OF THE TEAM WITH FUCKING HANDS ! THE MAN RETIRED 5 YEARS AGO! HOW THE FUCK DID THE FALCONS PICK WRONG YOU STUPID SON OF A BITCH! GOD YOU GET PAID FOR THIS SHIT?! FUUUUUUUUUUCK YOU! STOP WRITING FOR THE FALCONS AND GIVE ME YOUR JOB! YOU WORTHLESS SHIT BAGS ARE PAID TO JUST BLOW HOT AIR AND SHIT TAKES!

IT WASN'T JONES FAULT FOR 28-3 IT WAS KYLE AND QUINNS FOR NOT RUNNING THE BALL YOU HACK! HE made an AMAZING FUCKING CATCH TO PUT THEM IN FG RANGE! ONE YOUR DUMBASS AS CLEARLY FORGOTTEN! GO TO HELL! QUIT YOUR JOB! AND LEAVE! I HOPE YOU DIE ALONE HOLDING THIS SHITTY ARTICLE IN YOUR HANDS BEGGING GOD FOR MERCY AS YOUR WIFE LOOKS OVER AT YOUR KIDS AND SHAKES HER HEAD BECAUSE SHE KNOWS NO ONE WILL MISS YOU AND THAT ALL THE FANS IN ATL WILL READ THIS AND HOPE YOU DIE OF ASS CANCER! WORTHLESS HACKS LIKE YOU SPEW THIS STUPID SHIT TO GET CLICK BAIT AD MONEY! WELL YOU GOT YOUR 2 CENTS FROM MY CLICK FUCKO SO NOW YOU GONNA HEAR MINE!

YOU SUCK! NO ONE CARES! THIS IS THE FIRST ARTICLE OF YOURS I HAVE EVER READ AND I WANT TO HIT YOU WITH A CAR! OH OH OH IT WAS JONES IT 00UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU MAYBE IF JOHNSON HADN'T PLAYED FOR THE SHIT FUCKING LIONS AND ACTUALLY HAD A CAREER HE COULD OF BEEN IN ATL AND THEY WOULD OF WON 3542332 SUPER BOWLS! AND MAYBE JUST MAYBE WHEN YOU WHERE A KID YOUR DAD WOULDN'T OF BEAT YOU IN THE GARAGE! GOOOOO FUCK YOUR SELF! WRITE JULIO JONES A 4523423 WORD ESSAY ON WHY YOU SUCK ASS AND WHY THIS TAKE IS SHIT AND WHY HE IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE SEEN IN YOUR SHORT TERM MEMORY FUCKO LIFE AND MAYBE JUST MAYBE YOUR WIFE WONT LEAVE YOU FOR THE MAIL MAN BUT I DOUBT IT SHIT DICK. GO DIE LOVE FALCONS FANS. <3

Deansaid 1
Deansaid 1

Terrance Moore is a Joke.


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