Falcons took risk trading 5-for-1

Closest precedent for Atlanta's Julio Jones deal didn't work out for Niners in 1995

Originally Published: May 9, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Atlanta Falcons' draft-day trade for wide receiver Julio Jones was bold. With hopes of adding explosiveness to Matt Ryan's offensive arsenal, they traded their No. 1, a No. 2 and No. 4 in 2011 and a No. 1 and a No. 4 in 2012. They moved up from 27th in the first round to get Jones at No. 6.

Five-for-one swaps are rare and they are risky, particularly when dealing with young receivers. Perhaps the last trade this big for a rookie receiver was when the San Francisco 49ers moved up to get ...

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