Moving Expenses

May 07, 2012
May 07, 2012

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May 7, 2012

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Moving Expenses

Thanks to the new rookie wage scale, the 2012 draft saw unprecedented movement: 102 of the 221 noncompensatory picks were involved in trades, including six of the top 10. But who gets the best of the high-end deals? Here's how the last five trades involving top 10 picks panned out.

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2011FALCONS6WR Julio JonesATLANTA Jones missed three games to injury in a promising (54 rec., 959 yds, 8 TDs) rookie campaign.
BROWNS27, 59, 124 in '11; first- and fourth-rounders in '12Traded from 27 to 21 for DT Phil Taylor; WR Greg Little (59); RB Owen Marecic (124); QB Brandon Weeden (22 in '12). Fourth-rounder packaged to move up to 3 and take RB Trent Richardson.CLEVELAND Taylor (four sacks) bolstered the Browns' D-line, and Little (61 rec., 709 yds, 2 TDs) was the lone highlight of Cleveland's offense. Weeden will challenge for the QB job.
JAGUARS10QB Blaine GabbertJACKSONVILLE Gabbert looked raw and unready, with 11 interceptions and 14 fumbles in 14 starts.
REDSKINS16, 49DE Ryan Kerrigan (16); used 49 in trades to net RB Roy Helu, WR Leonard Hankerson, DB DeJon Gomes, WR Aldrick Robinson, OG Maurice HurtWASHINGTON Kerrigan had 7½ sacks as a rookie, Helu led the Skins in rushing, and Hurt started eight games at guard.
2009JETS5QB Mark SanchezNEW YORK Sanchez led the Jets to two straight AFC title games, and his stats have improved each year, but locker room strife and Tim Tebow's arrival cloud his status.
BROWNS17, 52; DE Kenyon Coleman, QB Brett Ratliff, DB Abram ElamPackaged 17 in a series of trades eventually netting C Alex Mack, plus late-rounders. Drafted DE David Veikune at No. 52CLEVELAND Mack is a solid starter; Veikune, Coleman, Ratliff and Elam are no longer with the Browns.
2008SAINTS7, 164DT Sedrick Ellis (7), DT Carl Nicks (164)NEW ORLEANS Ellis has started from the get-go, but the bigger prize was Nicks, a first team All-Pro in '11. He signed a $47 million free-agent deal with the Bucs in March.
PATRIOTS10, 78LB Jerod Mayo (10) LB Shawn Crable (78)NEW ENGLAND Mayo has been a staple of the defense; Crable's Pats' career stretched all of six games.
JAGUARS8DE Derrick HarveyJACKSONVILLE Harvey had eight sacks in three seasons with the Jags—four picks for that?
RAVENS26, 71, 89, 125Packaged 26, 89 and their 173 to Houston for No. 18 and took QB Joe Flacco. LB Tavares Gooden (71). Traded 125 to Raiders for CB Fabian Washington.BALTIMORE Here's how you package picks to tab a franchise player. And in Round 2 the Ravens again showed their savvy, trading down and still getting running back Ray Rice.