Julio Jones   WR   Alabama

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

Julio is a powerful wide receiver who has very good hands along with strong after the catch skills.  He runs great routes and reads and reacts well to defenses who try to take his assignment away.  Julio has excellent leg strength and will knife his way through a defense like a butcher filleting a steak.  He is a good blocker and gives effort on every play.  He plays injured and shows leadership skills through his play on the field.  Julio reminds me a lot of Eric Moulds (former WR Buffalo Bills).  He will give your special teams a shot in the arm because of his sturdiness, strength and speed.  Julio has the consistency in his overall game as well as athletic ability to become a #1 wide receiver for the team that drafts him.  

 

CONCERNS

Some people are going to suggest that Julio does not have good hands or that he drops passes.  I'm going to tell you this kid plays with injuries that others would not play with for fear it might drop them in the draft.  The kid played this season with a broken bone in his hand during a game!  He had surgery on his hand and still never missed a game all season long.  Julio needs to learn how to change gears and set up a defender to get deep, but all of this will come with time and Julio looks like he has the football intelligence and work ethic to accomplish this.

   

BOTTOM LINE

All I can tell you is that if you are looking for a #1 wide receiver in this draft, then go down to the schoolyard because I believe that's where you will find Julio playing football with his friends or basketball with his buddies and just having a load of fun.  Julio, in this day of football players blaming everything on their fathers, is a breath of fresh air.  In this day and age when the excuse for bad behavior and making bad decisions is, "Everyone is doing it, so it must be all right", Julio is once again a breath of fresh air.  You can't keep this kid out of the line up.  He gets better every time I see him play and I have no doubt that he will continue.  He runs great routes, and every time you need a play to move the chains or score, this kid steps up.  He is an excellent blocker and plays special teams like a man with his crotch on fire.  When you go to tackle Julio, you had better do it right or he will gain the yards needed to impact for his team.  Julio is a junior, but in my opinion, there is not much more for him to learn on the football field in college.  In addition, with all the injuries that he has had this year and still played, I would suspect he will come out early.  Like I said, he reminds me a lot of Eric Moulds who had a pretty good career with the Buffalo Bills a few years back.  Julio could play for just about any team, cold weather or warm.  He has the hands and the mental toughness to succeed in any style of offense and do whatever is required of him to help his offense and team succeed.  I call him Julio (The Butcher) Jones because he will cut right into the meat of your defense and fillet it like a steak you grill in the parking lot before the game.    

 

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  Drew Boylhart   Dec/10