FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons have made a bold draft-day trade to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
The Falcons acquired the No. 6 overall pick from Cleveland on Thursday night for a package of five draft picks, including Atlanta's No. 27 overall pick in the first round this year and the team's first-round pick in 2012.
The Browns also acquired the Falcons' second- and fourth-round picks this year and fourth-round pick in 2012.
The Falcons will pair the physical Jones with their Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White, giving quarterback Matt Ryan another top target.
The labor strife caused speculation not many trades would be made Thursday. But just six picks in, Atlanta cut the massive deal with Cleveland and moved up from No. 27 to grab Jones — the fifth Southeastern Conference player in the first six.
San Francisco chose defensive end Aldon Smith of Missouri to bolster a weak pass rush, then the second quarterback was selected: Washington's Jake Locker to Tennessee.
Dallas went for offensive tackle Tyron Smith of Southern California with the ninth pick.
Jacksonville saw a chance to get its future quarterback and moved up six slots for Missouri's Blaine Gabbert, dealing its first-round pick and a second-rounder to Washington.
"You really don't have any idea where you will go, especially with the lockout," Gabbert said. "But the trades are happening now."