2011 NFL Draft Player Profile: Julio Jones
Arguably only second to Georgia’s A.J. Green, the impressive Jones has the size, athleticism, and ball skills to be an immediate impact player at the next level.
Jones still has some flaws and work to do, but he has enough elite skills that should help keep him in the top 20 for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Player Name: Julio Jones
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’2 3/4
Hand: 9 3/4
40 Time: 4.39
Jones is a fairly complete player with good size and bulk, along with excellent overall athleticism. Jones can go up for difficult jump balls, throw caution to the wind over the middle of the field, or elude his defender in space and turn on the burners for a long run. He has very little missing from his game in terms of talent and skill, and simply needs to continue to refine those attributes.
He has experience in a Pro Style offense and has faced elite competition for his entire career. Jones can make plays all over the field, but really goes to work when the ball is simply put in his hands. He can be a nightmare on short routes and screens, as he’s a threat to take it to the house, and is generally too strong and relentless for corners to take on by themselves. He excels when he can use his physicality after catching the ball, and routinely punishes the corner covering him. It’s that ability to both wear the opposition down and blow past them that make Jones so dangerous.
It gets old, but with Jones it’s true. His main knocks are his hands and route-running. He actually has soft hands, but simply has weak concentration when watching the ball into his hands. He seems to get too caught up in making the big play or preparing to level his would-be tackler, that he can sometimes lose the ball. The other area of concern is his merely adequate route-running. He tends to rely on his size and athleticism too much, and can round-off routes and get lazy. His concentration overall needs improvement, and as he progresses his awareness, he should only raise his overall game.
Jones is an absolute beast, and could really be a special talent in the right situation. As long as he fixes his drop issues and works hard on his routes, he’ll have no problems being an elite NFL receiver within 1-2 seasons. This type of talent and potential puts him in the first round, and his NFL-ready body and athleticism should keep his name somewhere in the top 20 of the first round.
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