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Laurent Robinson peddled to Rams for a bag of nuts and a JUGS machine

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By Eric Edholm

If you're a Falcons fan, you might think trading balsa-wood WR Laurent Robinson to the Rams and moving up in both the fifth -- from the 160th pick to No. 138 -- and in the sixth round -- from 196 to 176 -- was a sage move.

But if you consult a sample NFL trade value chart (and there are plenty; just Google), you'll see the Falcons got next to nothing, roughly the equivalent of the 195th pick in the draft. That's a late sixth-rounder.

Remember, this guy was a third-round pick in 2007, the 75th overall player selected. But that was by the previous front office, so at least give GM Thomas Dimitroff credit for getting something for him.

Just don't get too excited. It wasn't that much. 

But then again, Rams fans shouldn't be too fired up either. Robinson flashed as a rookie but then showed what scouts predicted. He had a definite "bust" quality as a raw, unpolished athlete coming out of college, and he might not be tough enough to make it very long in this league.

Hence the low cost for a former third-rounder. 

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