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Julio Jones (WR)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    220 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Alabama
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Atlanta Falcons
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 6 (6)

Pick Analysis: The Falcons shed their conservative draft ways to make a blockbuster trade to pick up Jones. He gives them another big, physical receiver in the lineup with the ability to create explosive plays in a variety of ways. Though Roddy White still remains the team’s No. 1 option, Jones becomes the dynamic complement that should push Atlanta’s passing game to another level.
Combine Stats
  • Bench Press17.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump38.5 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.66 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.25 sec
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Overview

Jones has the prototypical build to become a No. 1 receiver. A vertical threat due to his height, strength, leaping ability, and speed. Generates big plays after the catch on screens and crossing patterns because of his physicality as a runner. Flashes outstanding hands and ball skills, will make the highlight grabs and haul in passes well outside his frame, but also struggles with bouts of drops. Needs to shore up his hands and route-running to develop into a consistent chain-mover at the next level. Plays aggressively, will go over the middle and block. A foot injury hasn't hindered Jones' upside, and he is projected to be a mid first-round pick.


Strengths

Jones possesses NFL-ideal receiver size. Explodes off the line. Eats up cushions in a hurry. Beats press coverage with his strength and physicality. Can separate vertically and on crossing patterns. Locates soft spots against zone. Shows elite body-control and strong hands on jump balls and poor throws. Can be a load in the open field. Tough and highly-competitive. Good blocker.

Weaknesses

Will drop the routine pass on occasion and body catches at times. Was able to consistently separate in college but still developing as a route-runner. Needs to do a better job setting up defenders and getting out of breaks. Willing to go over the middle but needs to show more consistency catching in traffic.

Grade

8.4

 

Video Playlist

  1. Dimitroff on trading up for Jones

    Published: April 30, 2011 at 07:16 p.m.

    Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff talks about the blockbuster trade to move up in the draft to select WR Julio Jones with the 6th overall pick.

  2. Julio Jones: 'I'm a hard working guy'

    Published: April 30, 2011 at 02:04 p.m.

    Julio Jones addresses the media after being selected 6th overall by the Falcons in the 2011 Draft.

  3. Falcons pick Julio Jones No. 6

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 08:46 p.m.

    The Atlanta Falcons trade up to select Alabama WR Julio Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  4. 2011 Draft Profile - WR Julio Jones, Alabama

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.

  5. First Draft: Julio Jones

    Published: April 11, 2011 at 05:58 p.m.

    Alabama WR Julio Jones discusses his NFL idols as well as what his strengths are on the field.

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