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2012 NFL Draft Order: Falcons Won't Give Browns A First Round Pick Better Than 21st

The 2012 NFL Draft won't matter much to the Atlanta Falcons, who traded the house for Julio Jones last April, but the Cleveland Browns will be watching the NFC Playoffs closely.

The 2012 NFL Draft order is largely set, pending the exit order of the NFL Playoffs and two coin flips, and the longer the Atlanta Falcons go into January, the lesser the pick they'll hand to the Cleveland Browns as part of last April's massive trade that ended with Julio Jones in a Falcons uniform.

Jones went to the Falcons with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 Draft in a deal that gave the Browns four picks from Atlanta in 2011, and two more - The Falcons' first and fourth rounders - in the 2012 Draft. Cleveland already has the fourth overall pick after finishing with a 4-12 regular season record.

While the 2012 Draft will have less of an importance for the Falcons, it could help shape out the future of the NFC South. Two division teams - 4-12 Tampa Bay (No. 5 overall pick) and 6-10 Carolina (No. 8 or 9 overall pick pending a coin flip with the Miami Dolphins) - will select in the Top 10.

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