Cleveland Browns wide receivers are dropping passes at an alarming rate for a second straight season, which leads us to revisit the team's draft-day decision in 2011. Instead of drafting wide receiver Julio Jones with the sixth overall pick, the Browns traded that selection to the Atlanta Falcons for five picks.
This is the final tally for those picks: defensive tackle Phil Taylor (Atlanta's 2011 first-round pick), wide receiver Greg Little (2011 second-round pick), fullback Owen Marecic (2011 fourth-round pick) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (2012 first-round pick). Cleveland also used a 2012 fourth-round pick in that deal as part of the package to trade up one spot for running back Trent Richardson.
Taylor showed promise before getting injured before this season. Little is known for dropping passes and posting celebratory pictures on his Twitter following losses. Marecic's role continues to get diminished in the West Coast offense. And Weeden has had an up-and-down rookie season.
The Browns have tried to find a top wide receiver in the second round of the draft instead of the first. But the results haven't panned out. Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie (no longer with the Browns) and Little have been disappointments. Josh Gordon, who was selected in the second round of the supplemental draft, hasn't made a significant impact because he's too raw.
Meanwhile, Jones has caught 16 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns this season. In comparison, Little leads all Browns wide receivers with 11 receptions for 151 yards and one touchdown. The Browns are the only team in the division who lack a young playmaker at the wide receiver position. The Bengals can go to A.J. Green, the Ravens can go deep to Torrey Smith and the Steelers can turn to either Mike Wallace or Antonio Brown.
So, in hindsight, did the Browns make the right move in not drafting Jones? Record your vote and send me your reason to my mailbag. Your comment could be used in a blog post later in the week.