NFL Draft 2012: Behind The Scenes Of A Draft Day Trade
By Joe Fortenbaugh, National Football Post
For every blockbuster draft day trade like the 2011 deal between the Falcons and Browns that resulted in Atlanta’s acquisition of wide receiver Julio Jones in exchange for five draft picks, there are countless other transactions that fly below the radar.
Take for example the 2010 trade in which the Patriots sent the 44th and 190th selections to the Raiders for Oakland’s pick at No. 42. This move drew very little interest because at its core, it really only involved a sixth-round pick in exchange for the right to move up two spots. Small potatoes, right?
If not for some quick thinking on the part of New England, Gronkowski could be a member of the Ravens right now.
That trade allowed the Patriots to leapfrog the Baltimore Ravens
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