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Moving Expenses
Paul Forrester
May 07, 2012
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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May 07, 2012

Moving Expenses

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  TRADING TEAMS WHAT THEY GOT USED IT ON ANALYSIS
2011 FALCONS 6 WR Julio Jones ATLANTA Jones missed three games to injury in a promising (54 rec., 959 yds, 8 TDs) rookie campaign.
BROWNS 27, 59, 124 in '11; first- and fourth-rounders in '12 Traded 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.
JAGUARS 10 QB Blaine Gabbert JACKSONVILLE Gabbert looked raw and unready, with 11 interceptions and 14 fumbles in 14 starts.
REDSKINS 16, 49 DE Ryan Kerrigan (16); used 49 in trades to net RB Roy Helu, WR Leonard Hankerson, DB DeJon Gomes, WR Aldrick Robinson, OG Maurice Hurt WASHINGTON Kerrigan had 7½ sacks as a rookie, Helu led the Skins in rushing, and Hurt started eight games at guard.
2009 JETS 5 QB Mark Sanchez NEW 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.
BROWNS 17, 52; DE Kenyon Coleman, QB Brett Ratliff, DB Abram Elam Packaged 17 in a series of trades eventually netting C Alex Mack, plus late-rounders. Drafted DE David Veikune at No. 52 CLEVELAND Mack is a solid starter; Veikune, Coleman, Ratliff and Elam are no longer with the Browns.
2008 SAINTS 7, 164 DT 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.
PATRIOTS 10, 78 LB 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.
JAGUARS 8 DE Derrick Harvey JACKSONVILLE Harvey had eight sacks in three seasons with the Jags—four picks for that?
RAVENS 26, 71, 89, 125 Packaged 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.

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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