Gridiron Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – WR Julio Jones

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama, 6’4 220

Position Ranking: #2

Strengths: Very good size for an NFL wide receiver. Releases smooth and quick off the line and quickly establishes his route. Physical against press coverage and uses arms and strength to beat the jam. Shows a nice, short stride and runs with good balance and acceleration for his 6’4 frame; not a long strider or high-cut with his movement. Has a great feel for the ball in the air on deep routes and fades, making sharp adjustments and putting himself in the best position to make the catch. Comes out of his breaks crisply for his size. Uses his body very well to shield defenders and outmuscles cornerbacks with regularity. Knows how to gain leverage on deep routes with tight coverage, stacking the defender, and only allowing himself the position to make a play.

Has improved progressively in his route running. Uses head nods and feet to sell his routes at the stem and push the cornerback away. A good stalk-blocker in run support and is aggressive in the run game. Blocks to the whistle. Tough and plays through injuries. Doesn’t show a prima donna attitude that talented receivers carry or beg for attention.

Needs Improvement: Isn’t a natural hands catcher and often uses body for assistance; better when he’s chasing the ball than when he’s coming back to it. Doesn’t have great downfield speed to separate at the top of his break. Strength is only adequate after the catch, doesn’t run through square tackles or show a strong leg churn on contact. Still learning how to understand coverage and settle in zones or break off his routes. Concentration is off/on at times, leading to dropped passes.

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4 Responses to “Gridiron Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – WR Julio Jones”

  1. Mike says:

    I really like Julio Jones, but I feel like he really benefitted from the system he was in. Granted, he’s a physical freak, but his quarterback, Greg McElroy, had all the time in the world behind his monstrous offensive line for Jones to use his pure strength to create room between him and the cornerbacks. Jones is just a little too raw for me to be a first round pick. I look to a guy like Torrey Smith from U of Maryland, who single handedly carried his offense. The Terps’ quarterback, Danny O’Brien, played behind a weak offensive line (and often injured), so Smith had to run crisp and pristine routes to actually create space from the cornerbacks. I really believe Smith should be talked about like a top 15 pick and is more pro-ready than Jones.

  2. Will says:

    Mike- you are a blithering idiot. That is all.

  3. Mike says:

    Will- Clearly, you don’t know how to argue. Calling someone an idiot will not get you anywhere. More importantly, if you read what I said you would realize that I am not hating on Jones. I like him. He’s a great player. I just look towards a guy like Torrey Smith who has done a lot with literally no help. I don’t think Jones can say the same thing. I like Torrey Smith a lot more than Jones. I guess we’ll find out who’s right after their rookie years (provided they even play next year).