2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

by Cory J. Bonini on March 17, 2011 @ 04:08:33 PDT

 


Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones is leaving school after his junior season for the 2011 NFL Draft. Jones is coming off a 78-reception, 1,133-yard, seven-touchdown season. He figures to be one of the first wideouts chosen and could be a top-10 draft pick.

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-2 3/4, 220 pounds)
  • Deceptive speed (4.34-second 40-yard dash)
  • Game-changing, big-play ability
  • Physicality - challenges in traffic and is very difficult to bring down
  • Released easily from the line, uses hands well
  • Plays through pain (including a broken hand in 2010)
  • Julio Jones, draft prospect
    Potential for dominance
    Deep threat with excellent ability to gain yardage after the catch
  • Tracks the ball well over his shoulder
  • Good, willing blocker
  • Improved his route-running ability considerably as a junior
  • Fearless over the middle
  • Charitable off the field
  • Explosive lower body: 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, 11-foot-3 broad jump

Weaknesses

  • Hands - despite making highlight reel catches, too many balls hit his body and pads
  • Concentration lapses, which usually lead to drops
  • Injury concerns (moderate injury history; currently recovering from a fractured foot bone)
  • Improved footwork as a route runner but still needs work

Expected draft placement

Jones checks in on most boards as the No. 2 receiver behind Georgia's A.J. Green and ranks as a top-10 overall talent for most experts. Despite being a talent of that level, Jones may not go until the middle of the first round because of his recent foot surgery.

The St. Louis Rams (No. 14) seem most likely to draft Jones to give Sam Bradford a dynamic receiver with star potential, but the Washington Redskins (No. 10) could snatch him up before St. Louis is on the clock. Santana Moss is getting up there in years and will be an unrestricted free agent.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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