For those of us inside the fabled Radio City Music Hall on that memorable evening three years ago, the shockwaves created by the Atlanta Falcons looked as if they caused the elegant chandeliers hanging overhead to sway.
Trading away five draft picks for just one?
Had Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the University of Guelph alumnus who grew up in Canada, been plunked in the noggin by a wayward football during an Atlanta practice, leaving his marbles decisively scrambled?
Hardly. Yes, Dimitroff did suurender a king’s ransom to the Browns in the early stages of the 2011 NFL draft, sending their first-round pick (27th overall), a second- and fourth-round pick plus a first-and fourth-round selection in 2012 to Cleveland.
In return, the Falcons received the No. 6 slot, which they quickly used to snap up wideout Julio Jones, an impact player who has become one of the top pass grabbers in the sport.